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Itinerary of Powerboat Level 2 Course

Day 1

  • Arrive at Xclusive Sea School classroom and check in
  • Explain the use of the trailer to launch and recover the RIB including consideration of slipway type and hazards
  • Launch the RIB if it is not already in the water
  • Run through the safety equipment required on a RIB or small powerboat including how it is used and maintained
  • Run through the basic checks that should be carried out to both the RIB and outboard engine prior to departure
  • Instructor’s safety briefing and familiarization talk including the importance of the kill chord and correct stowage of equipment
  • Brief about correct loading and the effect this has on the boat performance
  • Practice some basic close-quarters maneuvers such as departing and coming alongside a pontoon taking into account tidal stream and wind
  • Teach the use of painters, lines and fenders
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Continue close quarters handling including turning in a confined area. Learn how to secure to a mooring buoy including approach angle, crew communication, use of a boat hook and how to secure
15:30 Go out to practice area and learn some high-speed maneuvers such as S and U-turns. Understand the use of trim for different speeds and sea conditions.
16:30 Learn how to anchor including what makes a good anchorage, types of anchor, stowage and attachment to the boat, required depth of water, holding ground, method of approach in various conditions of wind and tide, preparation of the anchor, chain, and warp. Learn how to weigh anchor
17:00 Return to base and finish for the day

Day 2

09:00 Classroom session covering the factors needed to consider when planning a short trip. This will include weather information and it’s sources, tidal information and navigational information from charts. Plan a short trip as a group. Time will also be spent looking at different types of craft and hull forms and the effect this has on handling. Discussion about the different types of engines and drives including their advantages and disadvantages
11:00 Carry out pre planned trip to a local harbour
12:00 Prepare to enter harbour and moor up for lunch. Over lunch there will be a discussion about use and limitations of GPS, handling emergencies such as sinking or being adrift and how to tow or be taken in tow
13:00 Leave harbour
14:00 Practice Man Overboard including prevention, immediate actions, return to the man and recovery techniques.
15:30 Finish with some more close quarters handling followed by clean up and recovery of RIB
17:00 Debrief and issue of certificates
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