National Powerboat Certificate (Level 2)


Course Title: National Powerboat Certifcate (Level 2)

Cost: €350

Accreditation: Irish Sailing

Course Duration: 2 days

Course Times: 9.30am-5pm

Minimum Age: 16 years

This is an excellent course for those looking for a comprehensive and practical step by step guide to all that is powerboating. We have one of the largest and most diverse fleets of powerboats in the country. This includes everything from small tiller arm 15hp right up to RIBs with 175hp on the back. Successful students receive the “National Powerboat Certificate”.

Who should do this course?

This is the most popular powerboat course we teach.  Covering all you need to know to safely operate a powerboat. Suitable for those who have been boating for years and want to brush up on their skills, and for those who are new to boating to learn the correct and safe way to handle a powerboat.  This course revises all the material from the introductory course however, previous powerboating experience is required. Participants must be aged 16 years or older.

Successful completion of the National Powerboat Certificate allows you to apply for the ‘International Certificate of Competency’ (ICC). The aim of the ICC is to provide boat owners and people wishing to charter boats abroad with an internationally recognised document certifying their competence to skipper a boat for recreational use.

Course Syllabus

The course runs over two days from 9.30am-5.30pm and covers:

  • Learning how to Leave and Come Alongside a Dock.
  • Learning the art of picking up a Mooring.
  • Anchoring.
  • Turning in confined spaces / operating in busy marina areas.
  • Recovering a person fallen overboard.
  • Rules of the Road.
  • Launch and Recovery from a Road Trailer.
  • Safety and Planning.
  • Tying up to a dock.
  • All necessary knots to include Round Turn, Reef Knot and Bowline.

The above is just a taste of the many areas covered on the course. We aim to provide you with the perfect foundation and template in the sport of Powerboating. The course is conducted in a number of different boat types which may include tiller arm Yak boats with 15 horse power engines and RIBs (Rigid inflatable boats) of up to 175 horse power.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

To book this course:

Step 1:  Online payment, after which you will receive an email confirmation with a link to an online form.

Step 2:  Submission of the online form.

Your course booking will only be secured once both steps are completed.


Course Calendar

Course Date Spaces Left?

Course 58: 23-24 September 2023

Saturday 23rd September 2023 - Sunday 24th September 2023


Weekday Course C: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September

Thursday 28th September - Friday 29th September


Course 59: 30 September - 1st October 2023

Saturday 30th September 2023 - Sunday 1st October 2023


Weekday Course D: Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October

Thursday 5th October - Friday 6th October


Course 60: 7-8 October 2023

Saturday 7th October 2023 - Sunday 8th October 2023


Course 61: 14-15 October 2023

Saturday 14th October 2023 - Sunday 15th October 2023


Weekday Course E: Thursday 12th and Friday 13th October

Thursday 12th October - Friday 13th October


Weekday Course F: Thursday 19th and Friday 20th October

Thursday 18th October - Friday 19th October


Course 62: 21-22 October 2023

Saturday 21st October 2023 - Sunday 22nd October 2023


Weekday Course G: Thursday 26th and Friday 27th October

Thursday 26th October - Friday 27th October


Course 63: 4-5 November 2023

Saturday 4th November 2023 - Sunday 5th November 2023


Weekday Course H: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th November

Thursday 9th November - Friday 10th November


Course 64: 11-12 November 2023

Saturday 11th November 2023 - Sunday 12th November 2023


Weekday Course I: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November

Thursday 16th November - Friday 17th November


Course 65: 18-19 November 2023

Saturday 18th November 2023 - Sunday 19th November 2023


Weekday Course J: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November

Thursday 23rd November - Friday 24th November


Course 66: 25-26 November 2023

Saturday 25th November 2023 - Sunday 26th November 2023


Further Training

Once you’ve completed this course, course you may be interested in further training.

VHF SRC Radio Course – important for those heading to sea. It is a legal requirement to hold a VHF licence when operating a VHF radio in Ireland. We offer the Irish Department of Marine course, the one you will need if registering for a “Ships Radio License” if you are planning on installing a VHF radio on your own boat.

Essential Navigation and Seamanship – Brush up on your navigation and theory with this online course, building upon the introduction you’ll receive to these topics on your powerboat course.

Practise the skill: Powerboat Charter – We have a number of our RIBs available for three hour and full day charter to keep the skills you’ll learn on the course fresh.

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    star rating  Firstly, Jess (our instructor) was amazing! I was a bit nervous starting this course as I didn't know what to expect but Jess made it so easy to understand everything... read more

    September 12, 2022

    star rating  Really lovely staff, super friendly. Would highly recommend the kayak and paddle board rentals! Great with a small group or big group.

    Megan C
    June 1, 2020

    star rating  Really lovely staff, super friendly. Would highly recommend the kayak and paddle board rentals! Great with a small group or big group.

    June 25, 2020