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Old 23 August 2006, 04:25   #1
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I've done RYA Day Skipper and have been building up my experience in hours. A couple of friends have decided to do Coastal Skipper in terms of a RIB helsman would I see value in doing Coastal Skipper or would I be better going to do my intermediate assessment and then Advanced PB?

I did like Day Skipper, it made for weekly practice which is more suited to my forgetful nature compared to one off type courses.
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Depends really what your end goal is. Without knowing that, it's a bit harder to say!
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My end goal is to be a good helsman of dive ribs between 5.5 and 7.0 metres. This may involve being able to carry out a night passage. I dont really know the differences between Day and Coastal. I've been quoted about 200 for it at nightschool over 35 ish weeks. It was mainly a value for money type question.
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In that case I'd go for RYA PB Advanced, which includes night passage work. However make sure your nav is up to speed beforehand, although if you've done Day / Coastal skipper it should be fine.

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Any theoretical knowledge you obtain really helps when you get out on the water, and it's a long winter so I'd consider the coastal skipper theory at night skool

What do BSAC have to offer you as training to the best of my knowledge the RYA doesn't have a diving section on their courses at all. Failing that go for the Advanced RYA ticket
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Rogue,

Agreed, I liked Day skipper, my mate who did Yachtmaster said the theory side to Coastal was more of the same from Day skipper.

BSAC do their own "Skill Development Courses" which on the boating side of things equate to RYA Level 2. I have often wondered if there would ever be an RYA run divers type qualification as they do with safety boat.

Advanced PB is the ultimate goal, I was wishing to gain clarity on what Coastal Skipper entailed in terms of its usefulness to RIB handling
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Rogue,

Agreed, I liked Day skipper, my mate who did Yachtmaster said the theory side to Coastal was more of the same from Day skipper.

BSAC do their own "Skill Development Courses" which on the boating side of things equate to RYA Level 2. I have often wondered if there would ever be an RYA run divers type qualification as they do with safety boat.

Advanced PB is the ultimate goal, I was wishing to gain clarity on what Coastal Skipper entailed in terms of its usefulness to RIB handling
Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory (it's the same course) won't add anything to your RIB handling but will get you up to speed with your navigation. IMO Day skipper level navigation is pretty basic.

I would suggest doing the night school Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster over the winter so that when you spend lots of money on the practical element of your Advanced PB your nav will be up to speed and you can spend more time on the fun stuff.
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Cheers Searider,

There is going to be an open day soon at my local RYA providing college, I'll pop down and see them then next year do Advanced PB.
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From reading the post and replies i think two distinct areas are being considered as one.

Coastal Skipper: I take it that you are referring to Coastal Skipper/YM Theory rather than the practical course. In terms of the difference between CS/YM and dayskipper whilst the subjects covered are broadly speaking the same the depth to which they are covered should be very different. For me one of the key aspects of this course when i did it was the discussions that ensued with the Instructor about being a skipper of a vessel with responsibility for others on long or difficult passages and the examples he was able to discuss and give lessons from what he had experienced. In short with this course (and others for that matter) you should be looking at the Instructor/School closely as whilst it may be that one outfit does it cheaper than another then if you do really want to get the best possible return the person instructional style/approach, their approach and experience will make a big difference.


Intermediate Assessment: If you mean an assessment for the Powerboat Intermediate Course then there isn't one - and indeed there isn't actually much point to one either even if it did exist. Has someone said this can be done?

Advanced: A great course but there is no requirement whatsoever to have Intermediate before you go for the advanced.

By all means throw further questions and i'll do my best to answer

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And by the way...........

Some schools (including night classess) teach Dayskipper & CS/YM Theory courses together - in my opinion this is not advisable

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