The RYA Powerboat courses are for those who sail in small power boats: semi-rigid, fishing boats and sports boats that normally sail close to the coast.
The types of commercial vessels, which mainly require a degree level are: rental boats for fishing, boats for adventure activities, port control boats, security boats for construction, etc.
If you want a larger boat with a cabin and the ability to navigate or work at a bigger distance from the coast, then the most probably thing is that you need another level, like: Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster.
1.- COURSE CHARACTERISTICS
a) Previous experience: None
b) Previous knowledge: None, but the Essential Navigation online course is recommended.
c) Course syllabus: Driving a power boat, including the following actions; launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery. In addition to those driving skills necessary for basic competence in a power boat.
d) Skill after the course: Being able to self-sufficiently pilot a power boat under good weather conditions and know the limitations of oneself and the boat.
e) Course duration: 2 days.
f) Minimum age: 12 years, although Commercial Endorsement can’t be obtained without having reached the age of 16 beforehand.
2.- PROFESSIONAL FUNCTIONS
If you need the Powerboat Level 2 for work you will need the Commercial Endorsement. In this way, it’s possible to work on commercial boats operating waters of category 6, that means, that it is to a maximum of 3 miles from the coast under good meteorological conditions and during the hours of the day.