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Old 29 May 2012, 09:54   #1
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was interested in sitting the cruising instructor exam (power only ) however i have been told that there is NOWHERE in Scotland to sit the exam ?, has anybody had the same problem or know different ?
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I would not call it an "exam". Cruising instructor is an assesment, which means: You are watched carefully.

I have no idea about Scotland. My recommendation is to come to the Solent. This is a perfect place for the task.

Contact www.griffmarineservices.co.uk . Very nice boat and very competent guy.
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the reason i said exam was you are going to be asked questions it"s not a "perfect attendance" course , and as much as the solent is a nice place, it"s 500 miles away !!
the firth of clyde would be a better option ,it seems strange there is a big sailing school on cumbrae but onnly teaches sail ?
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Sure you have but have you tried Ian from SeaSkills in Oban? As a YMI Power he could do this for you I would have thought.

As also i'm sure that you are aware RYA run them centrally and a good few schools on the south coast do too (Appreciate that's not Scotland though!!)

If there are a few of you it may be possible to have an RYA Instructor Examiner visit you if you provide the boat - speak to Annie Lawler at the RYA

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cheers paul for the reply, i have spoken to anne and she says if there was any other people interested then maybe something could be organised nearer home
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Hi Steadieddie

(and thanks, Paul)

Yes, we can do this. In fact, we arranged a training course for Yachtmaster and Cruising instructors just a few weeks ago - and we have a couple of other people who missed out on that one so we have been thinking about running another. If you pm me your details, I can send you some information

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cheers ian ,sent you an e mail today, will phone you tomorrow
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the firth of clyde would be a better option ,it seems strange there is a big sailing school on cumbrae but onnly teaches sail ?
Cumbrae never used to be only sail, it used to be the best place in Scotland to be taught power as they had the kit to show you how to drive lots of different boats from a 5m RIB right up to 10-12m hardboats.
I certainly did all my training there up to instructor as it was subsidised and I found the training pretty good, certainly compared to the alternatives at the time.
Not been back for a while except to use the pontoons so not 100% sure what goes on there now but would be surprised if they didn't do power at all now considering how much they were into it 8-10 years ago............
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Old 30 May 2012, 03:45   #9
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The reason you can"t do the course at Cumbrae is they do not have a suitable power driven vessel to use for the exam .
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