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Old 24 August 2006, 05:44   #11
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Paul,

Yes I was referring to Coastal Skipper theory, the school, my local one, is a well established school Malcolm Pearson is still involved with it (he did the little Reed's pocket book) they have separate classes for the separate courses. However, they are heavily sailing orientated with few students being powerboaters.

I believed, though this now seems incorrect that RYA also did a direct assessment for intermediate, you turn up with or without boat and then get assessed, if this isnt actually required sounds like advanced course would be more appropriate when I'm suitably experienced.

Being honest I could also probably brush up on proper navigation, its got a bit easy with our new chartplotter. So unless the open day covinces me otherwise I've almost talked myself into it.
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Hi Steve

My advice would be to go to your open day and discuss with the tutors ask what is the general mix of the class , sail to power ratio is the instructor a Sail or Power Yachtmaster does he have any experience of high speed navigation and motor cruising or fast boats

I find when I am teaching it is our sailing friends who make up most of the class for CS/YM

A great book on the market is fast powerboat seamanship by Dag Pike ISBN 0-07-142209-9.

If you want to test your self then you can buy navigation exercises or go on the CS/YM course it will go into greater depth than your Dayskipper course and there are alot more subjects covered .
The requirements for your APB are the ability to navigate to the level of Day Skipper .
I would suggest if you can find a school near you' find out if they run night nav courses or navigation refresher courses as this will give you an idea as to what to expect and your current ability.
I have not heard of direct entry for the Intermediate course .
I am suprised that some tutors can run a Day skipper and CS/YM course at the same time.
I think the courses run by schools may not be cheaper than the correspondence type courses but you do get some great discussions going and interaction among the group and make some new cruising buddies .
What ever you decide good luck with it .
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I find when I am teaching it is our sailing friends who make up most of the class for CS/YM
But you can have some fun with them on the weather routing exercises when you plan to run back from Alderney early when there's going to be no wind. Confused the hell out of the instructor on my course, until I pointed out that the question didn't specify what sort of boat I was using!

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Thanks chaps, off to look at new books then, got the nav exercises already, I like nav! Some of the yatchies in my Day skip class were quite impressed with how divers find, shot and dive a precise location.

Will be shopping for Advanced PB next year, trouble is there a number of good instructors here and I will only do the course once.
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There is of course a BSAC Navigation course that would work well to build you towards the advanced, I agree with most of what has been said above however the intermediate course is a good one to tick of along the way. I dont myself think its as straight forward as doing the theory then the advanced.

A more natural route is to do intemediate which puts some of the nav into practice then the adv, which takes it a bit further and introduces night work.

35 weeks night school seems incredibly long to me.

If you are fairly new to the nav side then definatly go for dayskipper first. Lets not try and jump b4 we can walk.

If you want any advice on any of the RYA or BSAC courses give us a call- only happy to help.
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Doug,

I've done Day skip and most of the BSAC SDCs I'd say my nav is functional though not polished! the 35 weeks of Day Skipper didnt seem to drag, it was good practice and the instructor put extra stuff in. In fact, I'd go as far to say that it's a better route than BSAC "Charts and Position Fixing" SDC for the theoretical side of navigation.

The reason being, the repeated practice to work up the speed, also fixes it in memories like mine better!
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To be honest I don't think doing a bit of sailing theory only enhances your skills as a powerboat driver (or at least as a power driven water user) It allows one to show a ceretain consideration for the WAFI's ( rarely reciprocated however)

re nav have you got the RYA nav CD, I think thy were giving away trial copies with the Amanac, I have a few copies I'll send you one if you don't have one

looking at your last line it would seem I am not the only one with an iffy memory
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Signed up for it starts next week, I'll probably be the only diver/powerboater. Not bad value at £137 would have been cheaper if I'd been an assylum seeker - £30!

Will keep you posted on its merits re RIBs n stuff.
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To add to Pauls post, in my humble opinion the advanced power boat course is of far more use to you than the day skipper ,coastal skipper or even Yachtmaster theory courses, A LOT of these shore based theory courses go into a great amount of detail that would be unused in the context of your boating, as they are mainly taught by yachtsmen and relate to sailing type navigation ( I am shorebased instructor and APBI )

The Advanced power boat course will give you all that you need ? rough water handling,passage planning,night navigation,finding unlit marks at night (cruel) search patterns,MOB recovery,contour navigation....and you can get it commercialy endorsed.

(PS Before I get accused of being anti yottie I have both power and sail)

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