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RYA Level 2 - Powerboat Handling

Aim of course:

The aim of Powerboat Level 2 is to provide the skills and background knowledge needed by the competent powerboat driver through teaching boat handling and seamanship in powerboats. It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. It will be conducted in both planing and displacement boats. The certificate issued will be endorsed to show the type of boat in which the training took place. A two day course, no previous experience is required however Powerboat Level 1 would be advantageous.


Instructor ratios:

The course will operate on an Instructor:Student ratio of 1:3 with a maximum of 6 students.


Course delivery:

Delivery of Classroom, Onshore and On Water sessions will be by SSSC Powerboat Instructors in accordance with the relevant RYA method.


Course Content:


Boat types and characteristics, controls, equipment and clothing.

Understanding charts, buoyage, GPS, rules of the road and tides.

Crew positioning, risks to crew and boat during manoeuvres

Boat handling, speed vs steerage, helm position before power

Boat handling at speed, boat trim and ventilation

Effects of windage, way and current, anchoring, mooring, lines, boat hook

Man Overboard

Introduction to Towing



Detailed lesson plan

Equipment:

Boats: Highfield RIB, 18' Plymouth Pilot

Classroom: Clubroom / Training Loft

Training area:

The course will operate in the area in front of the clubhouse boathouse, left hand slipway (looking out onto the lake from the clubhouse), both jetties, both boathouses (clubhouse and lake) and all areas of the lake.


DETAILED LESSON PLAN

Evening before Day 1:

19:00 - 21:00

Launch & recovery. Preparation of boat & Crew. Rules of the road. Engines & drives to include basic maintenance. Types of craft Rope work. Understanding charts, buoyage, GPS Signals.


Day 1:

9:00 - 10:15

LAUNCHING AND INTRODUCTION TO POWERBOATING

Check boat, equipment & personal comfort. Launching. Introduction to boat handling. Starting & stopping engine. Kill Cord. Water flow on outboard. Crew & loading. Introduction to boat control - steering & controls.

10:15 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:00

BOAT HANDLING

Holding off a buoy. Windage & currents. Coming alongside. Introduction to high speed - "S" turns, "U" turns & ventilation. Momentum - Hull shapes & the different effects they have in the water.

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch

12:45 - 14:00

BOAT HANDLING CONTINUED

Change of boats further practice from sprevious session. Introduction to 3 point turns. Going astern - danger of flooding.

14:00 - 14:30

Coffee Break

14:30 - 15:45

BOAT HANDLING CONTINUED

Change of boat. Further practice from previous session. Plus Picking up a buoy. Figure of 8 in reverse. Recovery of boats.

15:45 - 16:00

Debrief / Finish


Day 2:

9:00 - 10:15

LAUNCHING AND RECAP OF DAY 1

Reminder of launch procedure. Check all aspects of first day. High speed work. Trim & discussion on propeller angle & immersion.

10:15 - 10:45

MAN OVERBOARD

"Man Overboard" drill demonstration. "Man overboard" practice. Using the anchor to give you time & control. Using the anchor in the manoeuvre.

12:15 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 14:30

INTRODUCTION TO TOWING

Theory of towing Towing demonstration including signals & boat control.

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:30

FINAL ASSESSMENT

Change instructor for final confirmation on all aspects of the course. Boat recovery

15:30 - 16:00

COURSE CLOSE

Debrief and questions End of course procedures: log books and next step


Last updated 19:44 on 23 June 2022

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