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Powerboat Course Level 1 & 2

RYA Powerboat Level 2 is an introductory powerboat training course which is a must-have for anyone wishing to work in the superyacht industry. This ticket give you the license to drive a small power boat often use on the Superyachts to take crew or guests to shore.

RYA Yachmaster Coastal / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

Having a yachtmaster qualification on your CV when starting out is 1st prize.

The Yacht master career package is what we recommend any potential deckhand to complete if they are serious about finding work. This is the preferred qualification overseas as you will be competing with yacht masters and/or with people with more experience.


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Course Description

This is a industry standard course as 98% of superyachts overseas have watercraft on board such as Jet Ski’s and Powerboats.

This two-day industry standard RYA powerboat level 2 course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. The powerboat course covers Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard.


  • Students learn to control a Powerboat in 2 days
  • Beginner / Intermediate Course
  • RYA Powerboat Course Completion Certificate
  • Training takes place at the V & A, Waterfront in Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Students stay on the boat during the RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper & Yachtmaster Practical courses to get a real feel for onboard living and is a mandatory requirement. A stipend for essentials (tea, coffee, cereal, milk, etc) is included in the course price. During the theory week and STCW, students have the option of staying at our Academy in the Waterfront.

For practical courses we ask that students bring a sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, change of clothes, and suitable wet weather gear. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also a good idea.

For the theory course students will need a 2B pencils, a pen, a notebook and where possible, their own Portland plotter and dividers (we can also loan to the student). We can also help with the purchase of any of these materials.

For STCW you will need your Passport or ID book on day one of your course. You will also need to wear old clothes for the fire fighting (MFF) element, for Personal Safety Training (PST) you will need swimwear, a towel and a set of clothes to get in the pool with.

PRACTICAL sailing courses start with a briefing at the school, 11 Portswood Road at 8.30am.

THEORY courses take place at the school and commence at 8.30am

STCW training takes place in the Cape Town foreshore, training starts promptly at 8.30am

STEWARDESS training takes place in Gordons Bay and/or Ocean Star Sailing Academy

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