OK so I've got:
an advanced PB pre '05 course completion cert,
A YM theory cert
and hopefully in the future a YM offshore practical cert.
My next planned steps are to get a commercial endorsement for the advanced powerboat and if/when I get the YM offshore, an endorsement for that too.
So I now need to do first aid and sea survival etc to get the endorsement. But reading up on the RYA site has thrown up a few questions.
Can I use the STCW basics to endorse my powerboat cert.? If so, is there any point, as opposed to doing the RYA first aid and sea survival? Which of the 2 options am I better off with?
I guess the first question you'll ask is what do I want to do with it? Trouble is I don't really know, the type of work I want to do is probably most influenced by what type of work I can get.
I suppose what I'm trying to ask is, will having the STCW endorsement open more doors and give me more options than the RYA endorsement?
According to the RYA, the STCW tickets are only required if you want to work overseas but maybe it's a qualification that UK companies look for as well?
In an ideal world I would get a job locally (Jersey) either crewing on the Jersey Harbours vessels (pilot boat, tug etc) or charter skippering a mobo. Trouble is there's such a limited job market here, I may well have to look further afield but that's kind of the areas I'd like to get into. There's probably more RYA instructors over here than there are students so I can't see me going down that career path.
Apologies for repeatedly harping on about he same old stuff but the whole working at sea qualifications thing is bl**dy complicated to the uninitiated
Thanks for your help