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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 include 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 will need a certificate as a Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper(external link) or Yachtmaster™ Offshore or a Maritime NZ qualification such as Skipper Restricted Limits.(external link)
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 will include launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery, plus all the boat driving skills required for basic competence in a powerboat.
In the right maritime conditions, you will be a self-sufficient powerboater and aware of your limitations and those of the craft.
This course runs for two days. Experienced drivers may only need a shorter assessment.