Teaching Theory at Powerboat Level 2

Knowledge of: Sources of weather information:


  • How to find a relevant forecast?
  • Obtain a marine inshore forecast for the area of operation. 
  • Discuss the important aspects of the forecast i.e. wind strength / direction, visibility, wave height

Understands: Buoyage Systems



  • IALA A & B
  • Lateral Marks
  • Cardinal Marks
  • Isolated Danger Marks
  • Emergency Wreck Marks
  • Safe Water Marks
  • Special Marks

Check student understanding: i.e. Q&A session

Understands: Charts & Chart Symbols


  • Chart Name / Area
  • Year of print (i.e. is it current enough?)
  • Colours
  • Depth (Chart Datum)
  • Scale
  • Symbols (Hazards, Buoyage, Compass Rose Useful items: Fuel, Toilets, Slipways etc)
  • Latitude & Longitude Lines
  • Land Marks

Check student understanding: i.e. Q&A session, find symbols on chart etc

Understands: Tidal Heights & Tidal Streams:


  • Where to find tidal information (EasyTide, Internet, Almanac, Tide Table)
  • How to understand the above
  • Springs and Neaps - why do we need to know that they occur and how it effects us. 
  • Relevance to us: Slipways/launching, Anchoring, Depth, Sea Conditions (Wind with and Wind Against Tide), Safety
  • Tidal Streams: 'Show' your students a visual representation (i.e. on a buoy)
  • DO NOT TEACH: 'how tides occur' nor tidal curves, nor tidal diamonds, nor Rule of 12th.. (if they want to learn more - suggest the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course. 

Check student understanding: Q&A session or carry out tasks such as finding the tidal height for a particular date + chart datum info etc

Understands: Pilotage & Passage Planning:


  • What a pilotage & passage plan is & why we create / use them
  • Show your students an example of a passage & pilotage plan (ideally within your operating area) - discuss the difference
  • Explain what a pilotage / passage plan includes i.e. distance, bearings, time to travel, land marks, buoys, hazards, local information etc
  • Ensure your students understand the 'requirement' to have a plan (SOLAS V regs)
  • Where to find additional info: i.e. Almanac, Internet, Local area 'boating' guide etc
  • Additional considerations: Tide, Depth, Weather, Local Regulations, Local Hazards, RYA SafeTrx, Shore Contact

Check student understanding: i.e. Q& A session or carry out tasks

Can: Use steering and hand bearing compass:

Cover (Afloat): 

  • Steering to a heading (helm compass)
  • Take a 3-point fix using a hand bearing compass
  • Illustrate Deviation
  • Ensure all students participate / have a go..

Other theory sessions at Powerboat Level 2: