Powerboat Level 2 Syllabus


Launching and Recovery

Knowledge of:
- 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

Is able to:
Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board.
Boat Handling

Knowledge of:
Loading: effect on handling and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE Plate and manufacturers recommendation. Displacement boats: handling ahead and astern, carrying way.

- Crew members: minimum number in high-speed craft, keeping a look out
- Awareness of water users, including effect of wash
- Steering, controls, effect or current or tidal stream
- High speed manoeuvring: planning, trim tabs and power trim
- Planning boats: propeller angle and immersion, shallow drive, high/low speed handling, tiller/console steering

Is able to:
- 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 a mooring warp
- Use of a boat hook
- Method of approach
- Crew communication
- Making fast
- Procedure when overshooting

Is able to:
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
Knowledge of:
- Types of anchor
- Stowage and attachment to boat
- Preparation of anchor, chain and warp
- Weighing anchor

Is able to:
- 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. Can:
- Make fast alongside
- Use springs
- Leave - ahead or astern

Man overboard

Knowledge of:
- Recovery of man overboard

Is able to:
- Take immediate action
- Observe the man overboard
- Carry out the correct return of awareness of propeller
- Approach and recover the man in the water.