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Old 16 August 2012, 16:34   #1
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PB Advanced Exam - which theory

I was planning on finally booking my exam for PB Advanced. I was told that the RYA will soon be changing the pre-entry requirement for Shorebased Theory to Yachtsmaster Theory.

Anyone heard about this or know when they are making the change?

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Old 16 August 2012, 17:24   #2
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There has been talk of the knowledge level being upped from dayskipper theory to coastal skipper theory. However to my knowledge a date has not been set as yet.
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I thought it had already been implemented.
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For the advanced powerboat, the cruising scheme theory courses are assumed prior knowledge not a pre-requisite. So really it always should have been coastal theory. Most schools that I know of have insisted on coastal skipper level of knowledge for a while, the reason being if you chart work and nav knowledge are all ready at that level the course can focus on the practical implementation of your knowledge and strengthen any weaknesses.
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When I did my advanced powerboat exam some of the theory questions I was asked where definitely from the yachtmaster syllabus (e.g. Working out wind speed from a synoptic chart)
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I used the yachtmaster books to swat up a bit . They didn't seem too hard based on those.
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Cheers guys - just want to get prepared. I did the day skipper theory just before my advanced course a couple of years ago with no issues. So do I do some home study to brush up or pay more money and do the yachtsmaster theory prior to the commercial exam?
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Cheers guys - just want to get prepared. I did the day skipper theory just before my advanced course a couple of years ago with no issues. So do I do some home study to brush up or pay more money and do the yachtsmaster theory prior to the commercial exam?
Home study worked for me ....if you are motivated enough to want to learn it then my thinking is you will learn at home . Of course courses do give you access to very experianced people who have hints & tips of how to do stuff easier . Guess whichever feels is best for you ?
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Make sure your slow speed boat handling is really good, and practice your night navigation.

On the theory side revise:
Irpcs
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I did a prep course with one of the training companies here on ribnet. The course was very intensive and in my opinion great value for money.
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I found this book very useful for theory revision for my PB advanced:

RYA Navigation Exercises 2nd edition: Amazon.co.uk: Chris Slade, Kevin Slater: Books
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