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Old 28 September 2013, 13:31   #1
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RYA power boat course

What's the difference between the 1 and the 2 course in subject matter and can I jump straight in to a level 2 course?
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Old 28 September 2013, 13:41   #2
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Can and probably should — they take a weekend if done together.

The RYA's pages are here:
PB1: Level 1 | Powerboat | Courses | Learning | Courses & Training | RYA
PB2: Level 2 | Powerboat | Courses | Learning | Courses & Training | RYA

According to those pages, the ability after the course should be:

PB1: Able to drive under supervision
PB2: Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions..

PB1 on its own probably isn't very useful.
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Old 28 September 2013, 13:49   #3
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I had a 1yr worth of boating experience (just messing about in a 16ft speedboat on a The Solent) before I bought my rib and took PB2.

I was advised against PB1 by the course instructer, he said that he mainly taught kids that one...

I didn't feel out my depth.
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I teach 8 year olds the PB1.

Do the PB2...
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Cool, thanks for the advice.... Been out on our rib twice and have a bit of experience on other people's boats... Feel ok in good conditions but wouldn't want to fall into bad habits...
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Powerboat Level 1 is a "Start Powerboating" one day basic boat handling and safety course with no high speed stuff or MOB.

Powerboat Level 2 is the two day "Powerboat Handling" course which covers boat handling and seamanship -when you receive your Level 2 you can then get an ICC.

About the ICC | The ICC and Proof of Competence Abroad | Boating Abroad | Information & Advice | RYA

You do not need Level 1 to do Level 2 and over 90% of people do Level 2 straight off.

Also consider doing the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course either online or in the classroom

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