RYA Powerboat Level 1 & 2 ICC Courses & Assessments

All RYA Powerboat courses are run through Menorca Cruising

We can now offer RYA Powerboat Level 1 & 2 Courses in Menorca, for those wishing to learn how to use a small powerboat safely and for those wishing to charter a small boat in Mediterranean countries where a qualification is needed.

Powerboat Level 1

RYA Powerboat courses in MenorcaA practical one day course introducing the student to powerboat handling and safety in a coastal environment. No previous experience or knowledge required. It covers preparing the boat, terminology, safety items required and safety procedures, engine pre start checks, coming alongside and picking up a mooring buoy. There is also an introduction to the basic theory and the requirements for level II.

The certificate issued will be endorsed for coastal waters and for handling powerboats under supervision. Candidates under 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate appropriate to their age.

Duration: One day course

What is included:

All fuel
Start Powerboating Handbook

COST (nb. in EUROS):

€350 per person. One to One Tuition €495

Please call us on +44 (0)1924 848558 or +44 (0)7764 603000 to discuss multiple booking discounts and your ambitions and individual training requirements


Powerboat Level 2 / ICC

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course in MenorcaThis is a two day course intended to teach the skills required to drive a powerboat in daylight hours and coastal waters. It assumes a knowledge of that to Powerboat level I. It also allows you to obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) which is required to charter a powerboat/RIB in Spain and many other European countries.*

The training will include many boat handling skills including close quarter handling, man overboard recovery, picking up a mooring buoy, high speed manoeuvres, anchoring and control of the boat in a sea. Some theory is also taught but it is assumed that you have a knowledge of terminology and conduct with regard to other vessels in confined waters.

Duration: Two day course

What is included:

All fuel
Start Powerboating Handbook
Photo ID Licence

COST (nb. in EUROS):

€495 per person. One to One Tuition €750

Please call us on +44 (0)1924 848558 or +44 (0)7764 603000 to discuss multiple booking discounts and your ambitions and individual training requirements


RYA Powerboat Level 2 Syllabus

Aim: To teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats

Launching & Recovery

Use of a trailer or launching trolley
Consideration of launching and sea conditions, including hazards and obstructions
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
Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board

Boat Handling

Loading: effect on handling and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE Plate and manufacturer’s recommendation
Displacement boats: handling ahead and astern, carrying way
Crew members: minimum number in high speed craft, keeping a look-out
Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash
Steering, controls, effect of current or tidal stream
High speed manoeuvring: planing, trim tabs and power trim
Planing boats: propeller angle and immersion, shallow drive, high/low speed handling, tiller/console steering
Carry out pre-start checks, engine starting and stopping
Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord 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
Carry out high speed manoeuvres including S-turns and U-turns

Securing to a Buoy

Preparation of mooring warp
Use of a boat hook
Method of approach
Crew communication
Making fast
Procedure when overshooting
Approach and secure to buoy


Method of approach in various conditions
Taking way off
Crew communication
Check holding
Depth of water, holding ground, scope required
Types of anchor
Stowage and attachment to boat
Preparation of anchor, chain and warp
Weighing anchor
Approach and anchor correctly
Weigh anchor correctly

Leaving and coming alongside

Preparation and use of painter, lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way
Speed and angle of approach
Wind effect
Method of approach in tidal stream or current
Make fast alongside
Use springs
Leave – ahead or astern
Man overboard
Recovery or man overboard
Take immediate action
Observe the man overboard
Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller
Approach and recover the man in the water


Types of craft: advantages and disadvantages of different hull forms with respect to sea keeping ability
Engines and drives: advantages and disadvantages of outboard, inboard and outdrive units, single and twin screws, choice and use of fuels
Position of fuel tanks, fuel lines, batteries, wiring, fire extinguishers
Routine engine maintenance checks, basic fault diagnosis
Close down procedure
Use and limitations of GPS
Application of local byelaws, especially around commercial shipping
Sources of weather information
Awareness of other water users
Communication with other craft – hand and sound signals
Disabled craft
Emergency action, preventing sinking
Adrift – alternative means or propulsion
Towing and being towed
Fire precautions and fire fighting
Distress signals and the Mayday call
Apply IRPCS, principally rules 5,7,8,9,12-19


Pilotage and passage planning
CG66 Small Craft Safety Scheme
Charts, chart symbols, buoyage systems
Tides and tidal streams
Use steering and hand bearing compasses

Recommended Reading for RYA Powerboat Courses

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S)

RYA Start Powerboating (G48)

This is the official course book for Levels 1 and 2 of the RYA National Powerboat Scheme (formally Powerboat Practical Course Notes).

It goes through everything you need to know as a novice powerboater, from basics such as the boat and the equipment you need, through to berthing and man overboard techniques.

Jon Mendez developed an interest in boats at a young age with friends and family on the River Thames and has been teaching professionally for the last ten years. Jon is a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor Examiner and a Powerboat Trainer, and was the RYA Chief Powerboat Instructor. His work has taken him across the world from Scotland to New Zealand skippering yachts of up to 40m. He now runs his own marine business doing what he enjoys most working with boats, people and having fun on the water.

Please note that this book is also included in the RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course Pack. £10.49 + £1.50 p&p (UK) – Also available as an eBook

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S)

RYA Powerboat Handbook (G13)

Powerboating is a fun, fast and exhilarating sport. The number of powerboats on the water is increasing and the need for both confidence and competence on the water has never been more important. If you are looking to progress to the intermediate levels of the RYA Powerboat Scheme then this new edition of the RYA Powerboat Handbook is a must.

Becoming a capable and safe powerboater comes from a mixture of training, experience, and common sense. Updated with new information on electronic navigation and handling at speed, this book will help you acquire the knowledge and confidence to get the most from your time on the water.

The examples bring concepts to life and methods are adapted to what is realistically achievable in an open powerboat. Chapters include:

Safety and Planning
Travelling at Speed
Challenging Conditions
Boating at Night and in Restricted
Cruising in a Powerboat
£16.49 + £1.50 p&p (UK) – Also available as an eBook