I enjoy reading Polwart, Rogue, and Wavelengths comments, as they are always very sound, coming from folk who know whats what and what end of a spade to use
and sorry, its a bit long, a few know I tend to make comment off line, as its just who I am (exception being the recent 'hmmm....' )
I'd add some bits,
for those of us who are ancient enough, there is a history to be looked at within the RYA, not so many years ago, to become a powerboat instructor, you first had to be a dinghy instructor, and if you look at the development of the RYA powerboat scheme from that, then they've done not bad. It might not address everyones issues, but if those areas are highlighted enough, and seem to be an appropriate development, then the RYA will probably look into it, and get a development group moving on it. Really, powerboating is still in infancy, look at some of the work we are in. 5 or 10 years ago, how many of us would have predicted where it would be today? So yep, I think the advanced/ commercials don't address everything currently, but they made an attempt at the time to cover what they could, and the developments are still ongoing.
myself, in interviewing folk for jobs, - outwith the powerboat world, its that oft quoted bit, do you want to employ someone who interviews well, or do you want someone who in six months time is actually doing the job you wanted them to do...
follow that to RYA advanced or whatever, its a starting point, it gives me a idea of 'supposed' competence, and from that I can see where we go. I do technical advice in a variety of fields, and if my hierarchy will take it, I like being able to employ those with experience, and not necessarily qualifications, the but is... will it stand up in court, and will the time it takes to show that competence be less than that spent on gaining the qualifications.
powerboat trainers, yep, I agree with comments, and in theory, the RYA should be able to weed these out, as the trainers are the only part (other than by a different route the commercial endorsements) that actually has a re assessment- and that its partly based on practical ability. Should we be looking at the advanced instructors and making them do a practical re assessment? because between the two sections, they are the ones running/ awarding the certification.
But.. would that address the issues?
Who is out there to push stuff forward to make more people aware of it, and more relevant to the fast moving/differing needs of powerboat use?
How do we get to the stage of non users knowing that a person they employ/ appoint/ trust can actually make a call on the operation on that day/ location??
think of the knock on from the Lyme bay canoe incident, did that address the issues? is that what we want and wish for?
thats my bit,
...... now back to looking at strange/not much used light patterns... reassessment looms