RYA powerboat courses are primarily for those using small powered craft such as RIBs, dories and sportsboats that don't generally undertake long or offshore passages.
The types of commercial craft requiring this level of certification are typically: superyachts, charter fishing boats, small passenger launches, thrill ride operators, harbour patrol launches, construction site safety boats etc.
If you will be using larger boats with accommodation and the capacity to cruise or work further offshore you are likely to need a certificate within the motor cruising programme such as Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster™ Offshore or a Maritime NZ qualification such as Skipper Restricted Limits.
Your Powerboat Level 2 certificate may in some instances allow you to carry out commercial activities in defined areas. Contact Maritime New Zealand(external link) for more information.
You will learn all you need to know for self-sufficient powerboating at a basic level. This includes launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery plus all the boat driving skills required for basic competence in a powerboat.
In the right conditions you will be a self-sufficient powerboater and you will be aware of your own limitations and those of the craft.
This is generally a two day course. If you are an experienced driver you may only need a shorter assessment.