Yacht crew: RYA powerboat level 2 course syllabus

The course is broken into three sections: Practical, theory and coastal. See below for the complete syllabus.

 

Section A - Practical

Launching and recovery

Students will gain knowledge of:

  • 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

Students will be able to:

  • Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board.

Boat handling

Students will gain knowledge of:

  • 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

Students will understand:

  • 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

Students will be able to:

  • 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

Boesch

Securing to a buoy

Students will understand:

  • Preparation of mooring warp
  • Use of boat hook
  • Method of approach
  • Crew communication
  • Making fast
  • Procedure when overshooting

Students will be able to:

  • Approach and secure to buoy

Anchoring

Students will gain knowledge of:

  • Types of anchor
  • Stowage and attachment to boat
  • Preparation of anchor, chain and warp
  • Weighing anchor 

Students will understand:

  • Method of approach in various conditions
  • Taking way off
  • Crew communication
  • Checking holding
  • Depth of water, holding ground, scope required

Students will be able to:

  • Approach and anchor correctly
  • Weigh anchor correctly

Leaving and coming alongside

Students will understand:

  • 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

Students will be able to:

  • Make fast alongside
  • Use springs 
  • Leave - ahead or astern

day cruisers

Man overboard

Students will gain knowledge of:

  • Recovery of man overboard

Students will be able to:

  • Take immediate action
  • Observe the man overboard
  • Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller
  • Approach and recover the man in the water

Section B - Theory

Students will gain knowledge of:

  • 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
  • Siting of fuel tanks, fuel lines, batteries, wiring, fire extinguishers
  • Routine engine maintenance checks, basic fault diagnosis and
  • Close down procedure
  • Advice to inland drivers about coastal waters
  • Use and limitations of GPS
  • Application of local byelaws, especially around commercial shipping
  • Sources of weather information

Students will understand:

  • Awareness of other water users
  • Communication with other craft - hand and sound signals
  • Disabled craft
  • Emergency action, preventing sinking
  • Adrift - alternative means of propulsion
  • Towing and being towed
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Distress signals and the mayday call

Students will be able to: Apply IRPCS (International Rules for Prevention of Collision At Sea), principally rules 5, 7, 8, 9, 12-19

Section C – Coastal

Students will gain knowledge of:

  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • CG66 Small Craft Safety Scheme

Students will understand:

  • Charts, chart symbols, Buoyage systems
  • Tides and tidal streams

Students will be able to:

  • Use steering and hand bearing compasses
  • Apply section A  on coastal waters

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