RYA Powerboat Level 1 & 2 ICC

Courses & Assessments

Menorca Cruising can now offer powerboat Level 1 & 2 courses in Mahon, for those wishing to learn how to use a small powerboat safely and for those wishing to charter a small boat in Menorca or other Mediterranean countries where a qualification is needed.

Powerboat Level 1
A practical one day course introducing the student to powerboat handling and safety in a coastal environment. No previous experience or knowledge required. It covers preparing the boat, terminology, safety items required and safety procedures, engine pre start checks, coming alongside and picking up a mooring buoy. There is also an introduction to the basic theory and the requirements for level II.

The certificate issued will be endorsed for coastal waters and for handling powerboats under supervision. Candidates under 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate appropriate to their age.

Duration: One day course

What is included:

  • All fuel
  • Start Powerboating Handbook
  • Licence

FEES: 350€ per person
One to One Tuition: 495€

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Syllabus

Aim: To teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats.

Launching and recovery
Use of a trailer or launching trolley
Consideration of launching and sea conditions, including hazards and obstructions
Number of persons required to launch/recover
Construction, width and condition of slipway
Steep/slippery slipways, beach launching, lee shores
Care of trailer bearings, hitch, lashings, ties, lights and winch
Trailer parking
Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board

Boat handling

Loading: effect on handling and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE Plate and manufacturer’s recommendation
Displacement boats: handling ahead and astern, carrying way
Crew members: minimum number in high speed craft, keeping a look-out
Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash
Steering, controls, effect of current or tidal stream
High speed manoeuvring: planing, trim tabs and power trim
Planing boats: propeller angle and immersion, shallow drive, high/low speed handling, tiller/console steering
Carry out pre-start checks, engine starting and stopping
Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times
Carry out low speed manoeuvres including: turning in a confined area, effect of wind on bow and holding off. Demonstrate an awareness of the danger of flooding when going astern
Carry out high speed manoeuvres including S-turns and U-turns

Securing to a buoy
Preparation of mooring warp
Use of a boat hook
Method of approach
Crew communication
Making fast
Procedure when overshooting
Approach and secure to buoy

Method of approach in various conditions
Taking way off
Crew communication
Check holding
Depth of water, holding ground, scope required
Types of anchor
Stowage and attachment to boat
Preparation of anchor, chain and warp
Weighing anchor
Approach and anchor correctly
Weigh anchor correctly

Leaving and coming alongside
Preparation and use of painter, lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way
Speed and angle of approach
Wind effect
Method of approach in tidal stream or current
Make fast alongside
Use springs
Leave – ahead or astern
Man overboard
Recovery or man overboard
Take immediate action
Observe the man overboard
Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller
Approach and recover the man in the water

Types of craft: advantages and disadvantages of different hull forms with respect to sea keeping ability
Engines and drives: advantages and disadvantages of outboard, inboard and outdrive units, single and twin screws, choice and use of fuels
Position of fuel tanks, fuel lines, batteries, wiring, fire extinguishers
Routine engine maintenance checks, basic fault diagnosis
Close down procedure
Use and limitations of GPS
Application of local byelaws, especially around commercial shipping
Sources of weather information
Awareness of other water users
Communication with other craft – hand and sound signals
Disabled craft
Emergency action, preventing sinking
Adrift – alternative means or propulsion
Towing and being towed
Fire precautions and fire fighting
Distress signals and the Mayday call
Apply IRPCS, principally rules 5,7,8,9,12-19

Pilotage and passage planning
CG66 Small Craft Safety Scheme
Charts, chart symbols, buoyage systems
Tides and tidal streams
Use steering and hand bearing compasses

Powerboat Level 2 / ICC
This is a two day course intended to teach the skills required to drive a powerboat in daylight hours and coastal waters. It assumes a knowledge of that to Powerboat level I. It also allows you to obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) which is required to charter a powerboat/RIB in Spain and many other European countries.*

The training will include many boat handling skills including close quarter handling, man overboard recovery, picking up a mooring buoy, high speed manoeuvres, anchoring and control of the boat in a sea. Some theory is also taught but it is assumed that you have a knowledge of terminology and conduct with regard to other vessels in confined waters.

Duration: Two day course

What is included:

  • All fuel
  • Start Powerboating Handbook
  • Photo ID Licence

*To be eligible for the ICC you must be: a British national or resident, a national of the USA or Canada or a national of any country that is not a member of UNECE.

FEES: 495€ per person
One to One Tuition: 750€

If you already have experience of driving a powerboat to the equivalent of at least one full season´s powerboat handling you can complete a one day Direct Assessment. Candidates must demonstrate the theoretical knowledge required for level II by satisfactorily answering questions on subjects such as the IRPCS rules 5, 7, 8, 9, 12-18 and buoyage. The candidate will be asked to demonstrate practically a series of manoeuvres such as turning using warps, man overboard, planning ´s´ turns and securing to a buoy. This is not a course but an assessment. Please discuss with us your experience before booking.

Duration: One day assessment

What is included:

  • All fuel
  • Start Powerboating Handbook
  • Photo ID Licence

FEES:350€ per person
One to One Tuition: 495€

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RYA and other Practical Sailing Courses - PRICES

Course Details Fees
RYA Start Yachting
2 Day course for beginners / those with some dinghy experience
from 475€
RYA Competent Crew
5 Day course for beginners / those with some dinghy experience
from 850€
Competent Crew Extra Skills
5 Day course for those who have completed their Competent Crew
from 850€
RYA Day Skipper
5 Day course for those who already know how to sail and have an understanding
of navigation theory.
from 850€
RYA Luxury Courses
Exclusive courses for groups on our Beneteau 48. Designed for those who want tuition on a larger yacht
from 4200€
Day Skipper Refresher
5 Day course for those wanting to refine their skills.
from 850€
ICC Assessment
Half Day Assessment for those with sailing experience.
from 350€
Mile Building Cruises
Longer passages with tuition.
Coastal Skipper Practical
For those with plenty of logged miles and night hours.
from 850€
Yachtmaster Coastal & Offshore Prep.
Preparation courses for Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exams.
from 995€
Powerboat 2
Learn to operate a small rib or powerboat and gain your ICC
from 495€
Charter with Tuition
Learn to sail while on a charter holiday with your own skipper and training
designed for you and your family or group.

RYA Combined Theory & Practical Sailing Courses in the Mediterranean

Course Details Fees
Basic Navigation + Day Skipper Practical
7 Day course for those needing to brush up on their navigation.
Online Theory + Day Skipper Practical
Study for your Day Skipper Theory course from home before doing your
Practical course in Menorca.
Day Skipper Theory + Day Skipper Practical
9 Day course for groups of 4 + in Menorca.


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Many thanks once again to you & your team for providing us with a great holiday experience. Special thanks go to Andy for being such a superb instructor & putting up with us & the differences in our experience/abilities. Kids are both keen on doing more sailing as a result.

Nick, Katherine, Jennifer & Tom

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