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The Royal Yachting Association say: 


"We put candidates' needs and preferences at the heart of every scheme in order to remain the world's best-known and best-regarded boat training


This ethos is at the heart of RPM Sea School training.


Covid-19 - We are currently unable to operate as normal but do contact us for more information or to make a future booking.  We hope to reopen and begin training again on April 12th 2021.


We take a maximum of three students per course but, as part of our Covid-19 precautions and until the Government guidelines suggest otherwise, students must all be from the same family, household or bubble.

Level 2

RYA Powerboat Handling Level 2

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powered boat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).  9am to 5pm each day.


Course participants must be over the age of 12.  Participants aged between 12 and under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Certificates awarded to those under 16 will endorsed, stating that they cannot be at the helm of any vessel unaccompanied.  This endorsement can be removed when they reach the age of 16.

Course content


  • Launching and recovery,

  • Low-speed close quarters handling,

  • Securing to a buoy,

  • Man overboard

  • Leaving and coming alongside

  • An introduction to driving at planing speed and collision regulations.

Shore Based

  • Types of craft

  • Engines and drives

  • Ancillary and safety equipment

  • Rules of the road

  • Routine maintenance

  • Weather forecasts

  • Communication with other craft


  • Applying the above on coastal water

  • Charts and coastal systems

  • Tidal systems

All students must reach a standard at which the certificate can be awarded.  If for some reason further time is needed to successfully reach that standard we will prepare an action plan to work with you and help you achieve it.

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

The ICC is a certificate, which provides evidence of competence when requested by officials in other nations.  It is the only international evidence of competence that exists for pleasure boaters in most of Europe.   Its validity is determined by the visited country.  You should therefore check the requirements of any country you intend visiting.  The UK Government authorised the RYA to issue the ICC on its behalf.  You can only take the ICC if you hold the RYA Powerboat Handling Level 2 certificate.  You can find more information on the ICC and how to apply to the RYA  here


The certificate is available to a person who fulfils the following eligibility criteria:

  • has reached the age of 16;

  • is physically and mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft, and in particular, has sufficient powers of vision and hearing;

  • presents one of the specified UK certificates or has successfully passed an examination to prove the necessary competence for pleasure craft operation (e.g. RYA Powerboat Handling Level 2)

  • who demonstrates their nationality or residency to show that their nationality does not preclude them from being issued with an ICC by the RYA.


RYA Diesel Engine Training 

A one-day beginners’ course to help you prevent and solve diesel engine failure. 

Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call-outs to cruisers. Basic maintenance and engine care will help ensure that you are not part of this statistic.Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions, and you don’t need a detailed mechanical knowledge.

This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown. Whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine or are a motor cruising enthusiast, this course could not just save you money, but one day could save your life.

Course topics include:

  • the principles of diesel engine operation 

  • the systems and parts of the engine 

  • fault finding 

  • rectification of common problems 

  • bleeding the fuel system 

  • changing the impeller 

  • routine maintenance 

  • winter lay up procedures

If you wish to book a course or would like to speak so someone for more information  please contact us: 01297 631314 or email:

RYA Diesel Engine Training
International Certificate of Competence
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