If you cannot find the answers to your questions below then please do contact us.
How long does the course last?
Course duration is two days, from 0900 to 1700.
Where does the course take place?
The course is taught on the tidal Thames and based at historic Trinity Buoy Wharf.
Is it a coastal certificate?
Yes! There is a rise and fall of tide of up to 7.5m on this busy waterway, classified as Category C waters.
Do I get my ICC at the end of the course?
Successful holders of the RYA Level 2 Powerboat certificate are entitled to their International Certificate of Competence for powered vessels up to 10m length. The ICC is issued by the RYA, see here for more info.
Is there a minimum age?
Minimum age is 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please ask for details of our Child Protection Policy.
Do I need any experience to do the course?
No previous experience is required, although it may be preceded by the Level 1 course.
Do I need to bring lunch?
You can eat at Fat Boy’s Diner or the Orchard Cafe, both on the wharf. Alternatively, there are plenty of nooks and crannies at Trinity Buoy Wharf where you can enjoy a packed lunch.
What do I need to wear and bring?
Waterproof jacket and trousers - useful for keeping the wind off, even if it isn’t raining. In cold and wet weather bring suitable waterproof footwear, otherwise trainers will suffice. For insulation, layers of items such as thermal underwear, tracksuits and fleece jackets are ideal. Please bring extra clothing as it can feel quite cold after a few hours out on the water, even in fine weather. Hats and gloves are a necessity in colder weather, and sunscreen in bright conditions. Sunglasses are needed throughout the year due to glare on the water. It is better to bring more clothing rather than be under-equipped (and cold).
What is included in the price?
The course fee includes the RYA Powerboat Logbook & Syllabus and the useful handbook RYA Start Powerboating. Lifejackets, fuel, lock fees and so on are included. Some boat suits are available for inclement weather.
How many students are there on a course?
The maximum number of students on a course is three.
Can I have private tuition?
Please contact us if you are interested in private tuition.