Example itinerary of Powerboat Level 2 course


  • 0900 Arrive at Hamble School of Yachting classroom and check in
  • Welcome and Issue of wet weather gear and books 
  • Explain the use of the trailer to launch and recover the RIB including consideration of slipway type and hazards such as lee shores.  Launch the RIB if it is not already in the water
  • Run through the safety equipment required on a RIB or small powerboat including how it is used and maintained
  • Run through the basic checks that should be carried out to both the RIB and outboard engine prior to departure
  • Instructor's safety briefing and familiarisation talk including the importance of the kill chord and correct stowage of equipment
  • Brief about correct loading and the effect this has on the boats performance
  • Practice some basic close quarters manoeuvres such as departing and coming alongside a pontoon taking into account tidal stream and wind. Correct use of painters, lines and fenders. Understand the importance of having an awareness of other water users
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1400 Continue close quarters handling including turning in a confined area. Learn how to secure to a mooring buoy including approach angle, crew communication, use of a boat hook and how to secure 
  • 1530 Go out to practice area and learn some high speed manoeuvres such as S and U turns. Understand the use of trim for different speeds and sea conditions
  • 1630 Learn how to anchor including what makes a good anchorage, types of anchor, stowage and attachment to the boat, required depth of water, holding ground, method of approach in various conditions of wind and tide, preparation of the anchor, chain and warp.  Learn how to weigh anchor
  • 1700 Return to base and finish for the day  



  • 0900 Classroom session covering the factors needed to consider when planning a short trip. This will include weather information and it's sources, tidal information and navigational information from charts and almanacs.  Plan a short trip as a group.  Time will also be spent looking at different types of craft and hull forms and the effect this has on handling. Discussion about the different types of engines and drives including their advantages and disadvantages
  • 1100 Carry out pre planned trip to a local harbour.
  • 1200 Prepare to enter harbour and moor up for lunch.  Over lunch there will be a discussion about use and limitations of GPS, handling emergencies such as sinking or being adrift and how to tow or be taken in tow
  • 1300 Leave harbour for return trip to Hamble
  • 1400 Arrive back at entrance to Hamble and practice Man Overboard including prevention, immediate actions, return to the man and recovery techniques. Each student practices the MOB evolution
  • 1530 Arrive back at Hamble and finish with some more close quarters handling followed by clean up and recovery of RIB
  • 1700 Debrief and issue of certificates
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