frequently asked questions:


Powerboats:

How do I get a Powerboat Licence?

In the UK the RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate is the equivalent to a powerboat licence. If you want to drive a powerboat in Europe once you've completed your RYA Powerboat Level 2, you can then apply for an International Certificate of Competence (I.C.C.)

Do you need a licence to drive a speedboat UK?

No, you do not need a licence to drive a speed boat or powerboat in the UK. However you are legally required to abide by the laws such as the International Regulations of Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS) and in some areas insurance is also required. If you intend to drive a powerboat in Europe you will need an International Certificate of Competence (ICC)


Can I drive a boat without a licence?

Yes, in the UK you can drive any leisure boat without a licence. In most countries in Europe you will need an International Certificate of Competence

Does RYA Powerboat Level 2 expire?

No, this certificate does not expire, however if you are rusty or haven't driven a powerboat very much since your course you may wish to consider doing a refresher session with an instructor.


Do I need a licence to drive a powerboat abroad?

Yes, most countries in Europe (& worldwide) require a licence to use a powerboat. You can get this by completing a one day RYA Powerboat level 2 course at an RYA training centre then apply for the International Certificate of Competence

RYA Powerboat level 2, what can I drive?

Any powerboat up to 10 metres in length with any horsepower engine. 

What's the minimum age to take an RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course?

12 years old


What previous experience do i need to take a powerboat level 2 course?

None, the RYA powerboat level 2 course assumes no previous experience. 

What flares do I need on my powerboat?

This will depend on where you intend to do your boating. If you're boating in harbours and close to shore then 2 x red hand held and 2 x orange smoke (known as an inshore flare pack) may well be adequate. If you're looking at travelling further afield then check out the Coastal Flare Pack



jetski:

How do I get a Jet ski Licence?

In the UK this is called the RYA Personal Watercraft Certificate, you can gain this by completing a one day RYA PWC Proficiency Course

Do you need a Licence for a jet ski?

No, in the UK you do not need a licence for a jet ski, however like any activity it is not a bad idea to get some training. Some areas however do specify that you must hold an RYA Jetski (PWC) certificate. The benefits of completing a jet ski course is that you will not only gain confidence but also have the knowledge that is legally required such as the rules of the road on the sea. 

In Europe most countries do require that you have a jet ski licence, this can be gained by completing the RYA PWC Proficiency Course then applying for an RYA International Certificate of Competence (I.C.C.)


How much is a Jet ski licence?

For UK jet ski certificates courses taken at Marine Education the course fee, including certificate & book is £250.00, if you wish to obtain the International Certificate this is an additional £45.00

Do I need a licence to jet ski abroad?

Yes, most countries in Europe (& worldwide) require a licence to use a jet ski. You can get this by completing a one day RYA Jet Ski (PWC) proficiency course at an RYA training centre then apply for the International Certificate of Competence. 


What do you need for a jet ski?

  • Kill cord / Safety Lanyard + a spare one in case you lose it!
  • Dry case or box for your phone - because most phones aren't waterproof! 
  • Jet ski Anchor - for when you're launching or want to stop near a beach for a break
  • Tow line - incase you break down !
  • Whistle or fog / air horn - in case you need to attract attention
  • Knife - serrated blade is the best to cut away fishing line, rope etc
  • First Aid Kit - for any nicks & cuts or greater injuries! 
  • Flares - 2 x red handheld (used if you get stuck out in hours of dusk/darkness) & 2 x orange smoke (used in the day)
  • Fire Extinguisher - because you just never know
  • Dry bag or box to store your gear in - because noone likes wet gear when its supposed to be dry.. 
  • Water - for when you're thirsty :)
  • VHF Marine Radio - though be aware you must have a VHF licence to legally operate this. 

What do I wear on a jet ski?

  • Impact Buoyancy Aid - 50 Newtons is the best and most common. 
  • Wetsuit / Drysuit or at least something on your bottom.. (read the warning labels on the jet ski for why this is so important!!)
  • Footwear - wetsuit boots or wetsuit shoes so you don't cut your feet when walking around the slipway, beach etc
  • Sunglasses or googles - to stop the spray going in our eyes and reduce the possibility of UV damage from the sun & reflection on the water
  • Suncream - to make sure you don't go home looking like a tomato. 

What's the youngest age to take a jet ski course?

12 years old is the minimum age to attend an RYA jet ski course

Do I need previous experience to take a jet ski course?

No, previous experience is not required to complete or attend an RYA PWC (jetski) proficiency course



RYA Instructor courses:

How long does an RYA Instructor certificate last for?

5 years , assuming you retain a valid first aid certificate. 


What can a RYA Jet Ski (PWC) Instructor teach?

A qualified RYA Jet Ski (PWC) Instructor can teach the RYA PWC Proficiency course at land based RYA Training Centres and when working onboard a Superyacht that is an RYA Training Centre they can teach the RYA Introduction to PWC Safety Course to the Owners and Guests onboard. 

How long is an RYA Jet Ski Instructor Course?

This is a 3 day course that teaches you how to deliver the RYA Jet Ski (PWC) Proficiency course. You must already be a competent jetskier and hold the RYA PWC Proficiency certificate and a valid First Aid certificate prior to attending. 

The RYA Jet Ski Instructor course is run by an RYA PWC Instructor Trainer and an RYA Moderator will join you on the final day of the course. 


What can an RYA Powerboat Instructor teach?

A qualified RYA Powerboat Instructor can teach the RYA Powerboat Level 1 and RYA Powerboat Level 2 course at land based RYA Training Centres. If you hold the RYA Safety Boat Certificate you will also be able to teach this course. 

How long is an RYA Powerboat Instructor Course?

This is a 3 day course that teaches you how to deliver the RYA Powerboat Level 1 and level 2 (& safety boat) courses. You must already be a competent powerboater and hold the RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate and a valid First Aid certificate prior to attending. You will also need to complete an RYA Powerboat instructor skills assessment before attending the instructor course.

The RYA Powerboat Instructor course is run by an RYA Powerboat Instructor Trainer and an RYA Moderator will join you on the final day of the course. 



VHF Marine radio licence

Do you need a licence to use a VHF radio?

Yes, the marine radio short range certificate (SRC) is a legal requirement to use a marine VHF. You must hold an operators licence and the radio itself must have a licence which is called the Ships radio licence. This is similar to owning a car or motorbike, you must have a driving licence and your car / motorbike must be registered with the DVLA. The operators licence is called the RYA VHF/SRC Marine radio certificate and can be completed via an online or classroom course, both require you to pass a face to face exam after course completion.  

Do you need a licence for a handheld VHF?

Yes, the licensing rules for Marine VHF apply whether you have a fixed VHF set or handheld VHF. You will need an operators licence and a ship portable radio licence. The operators licence is called the RYA VHF/SRC Marine radio certificate and can be completed via an online or classroom course, both require you to pass a face to face exam after course completion.  


How long does a VHF licence last?

Forever.. ship radio licences last a lifetime, but must be revalidated every 10 years. 



boating inland in europe

What is CEVNI?

Code Européen des Voies de Navigation Intérieure (CEVNI) is the code governing navigation on the interconnected European inland waterways.

How do I get a CEVNI certificate?

There is no individual CEVNI certificate. However if you pass the RYA ICC CEVNI eTest this will allow you to add the Inland category on your International Certificate of Competence. 


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