Originally Posted by paddle!!
Im just looking for opinions at the moment on the best/cheapest providers around Argyll.
don't assume cheapest = best
How much seatime is needed to get the commercial endorsement and how hard is the exam?
answers on the RYA website - but to get from PB2 to Advanced there are other requirements. e.g. VHF cert, navigation competence at Day Skipper Shorebased level. After that to get endorsed you'll need Sea Survival (and First Aid I think?) - so you may want a school which can offer all of that?
If you are looking in Argyll the obvious choice would be Sea Skills in Oban (posts on here as SeaSkills).
If your scope includes the Clyde / Glasgow then the PB School at the Tallship (well where it was before it moved this week!) who posts on here as "Speedy" would be able to meet your needs.
If you are looking for cheap then the RYA centre at Cumbrae might be cheaper than these guys (I don't know that it is just a guess) if they operate bigger classes.
I'm sure someone else will be able to suggest schools in NI; the one which springs to mind is that Redbay offer training.