RYA Powerboat Level 2

Aim: To teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats.

Section A: Practical

Launching and Recovery

Knowledge of:

• Use of a trailer or launching trolley
• Consideration of launching and sea conditions, including hazards and obstruction
• Number of persons required to launch/recover
• Construction, width and condition of slipway
• Steep/slippery slipways, beach launching, lee shores
• Care of trailer bearings, hitch, lashings, ties, lights and winch
• Trailer parking

Can:

• Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board
• Prepare to go afloat
• Tie relevant knots

Preparation of Boat and Crew

Understands:

• Personal buoyancy and appropriate clothing
• The use of the following equipment: lines, fenders, anchor and warp, bailer, fire extinguisher, pump, paddles or oars, compass, flares, torch, whistle, charts, first aid kit, sharp knife

Boat Handling

Knowledge of:

• Loading: effect on handling and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE Plate and manufacturer’s recommendation
• Handling characteristics of displacement boats, rudder-steered craft and shaft-driven vessels

Understands:

• Crew members: minimum number in faster craft, keeping a look-out
• The importance of boat control in waves and adequate seating to minimise the possibility of injury
• Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash
• Steering, controls, effect of current or tidal stream
• Handling a boat at planing speed, trim tabs and power trim
• Planing boats: propeller angle and immersion, shallow drive, planing and displacement speed handling, tiller/console steering

Can:

• Carry out pre-start checks, engine starting and stopping
• Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length killcord at all times
• Carry out low speed manoeuvres including: turning in a confined area, effect of wind on bow and holding off. Demonstrate an awareness of the danger of flooding when going astern
• Handle a boat at planing speed

Securing to a Buoy

Understands:

• Preparation of mooring warp
• Use of a boat hook
• Direction of approach
• Taking way off
• Crew communication
• Making fast
• Procedure when overshooting

Can:

• Approach and secure to buoy

Anchoring

Knowledge of:

• Types of anchor
• Stowage and attachment to boat
• Preparation of anchor, chain and warp
• Weighing anchor

Understands:

• Correct approach in various conditions
• Taking way off
• Crew communication
• Check holding
• Depth of water, holding ground, scope required

Can:

• Approach and anchor correctly
• Weigh anchor correctly

Leaving and Coming Alongside

Understands:

• Preparation and use of lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way
• Speed and angle of approach
• Wind effect
• Method of approach in tidal stream or current

Can:

• Make fast alongside
• Use springs
• Leave — ahead or astern

Man Overboard

Knowledge of:

• Recovery of man overboard

Understands:

• Cold shock and immersion hypothermia
• How and when to raise the alarm

Can:

• Take immediate action
• Observe the man overboard
• Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller
• Approach and recover the ‘man’ in the water. (Small weighted buoy to be used)
• Demonstrate both drift down and into wind approach method
• Switch engine off

Section B: Theory

Knowledge of:

• Types of craft: advantages and disadvantages of different hull forms with respect to sea-keeping ability
• Seating arrangements
• Stepped hulls
• Engines and drives: advantages and disadvantages of outboard, inboard and outdrive units, single and twin-shaft drives, choice and use of fuels
• Siting of fuel tanks, fuel lines, batteries, wiring, fire extinguishers
• Routine engine maintenance checks, basic fault diagnosis
• Close down procedure
• Advice to inland drivers about coastal waters
• Use and limitations of GPS/chart plotters
• Application of local byelaws, especially around commercial shipping
• Sources of weather information

Understands:

• Awareness of other water users
• Communication with other craft
• Disabled craft
• Emergency action, preventing sinking
• Adrift — alternative means of propulsion
• Actions to be taken by a disabled craft and being towed
• Fire precautions and fire fighting
• Distress signals, means of issuing distress, DSC and the Mayday call
• Advice for vessels in restricted visibility

Can:

• Apply IRPCS, principally rules 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12-18

Section C: Coastal

Knowledge of:

• Byelaws and local regulations
• Insurance
• Boat registration schemes

Understands:

• Pilotage and passage planning
• Charts, chart symbols, buoyage systems
• Tides and tidal streams

Can:

• Use steering and hand-bearing compasses
• Apply Section A on coastal waters

Capability of boat handling at the end of the course-