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Old 18 November 2011, 02:34   #11
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I did my adv. powerboat course during the early part of this year, and also aim to do the C of C exam during the winter (easier as the night part can be done at a sensible time of day). This will then be commercially endorsed so that I can work commercially next season.

I don't own a rib, but I do lots of yacht sailing (can I admit to that here?) so the navigation part is not a worry. I am a powerboat instructor and also do lots of rescue boat work in ribs so close quarters manoeuvring and all the pb2 & safety boat syllabus is also fine. The theory side will also not be a problem.

What is the best way to prepare for the adv. exam? Should I just hire a rib for a few days and practice the practical parts of the exam syllabus that I am less familiar with, or does anyone run courses specific to preparation for the exam?

I'm not expecting passing the exam to be a problem, but it would be time consuming and costly to fail and have to re take it.

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Old 18 November 2011, 05:56   #12
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Has everyone heard about the new addition to the commercial exam coming in next year? In fact all of us that already have the cert will be required to do it as well.

No - can you enlighten us ?

Chris - I did similar to you last year and the thing that I guess will always be the challenge is the night part. I just went out and practised getting used to it more and more.

I'd go out in the dark for fun quite a bit and cruising at 20knts up the solent in the middle of a big channel is very differant to finding a small unlit bouy...

As has been said have plan for everything and several of everything in your head at least that way if one thing doesn't work you have another option.

Being able to do everything to the letter is fine, but a better demonstration of skill is what you can do when things aren't going to plan .
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Thanks everyone for the advice! All very useful.

Chris- Yes most schools will offer a work up to the course. Where abouts are you based?
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Heres a link to the info on the RYA website with the info

Apparently its an online test.


Commercial Endorsements | Professional Qualifications | Learning | Courses & Training | RYA


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We are currently developing an online training course to prepare commercial endorsement holders for the extra responsibilities of being a professional skipper or crew, above those needed for safe leisure boating. The course will cover the legal requirements, regulations, guidance and processes for managing the vessel and its crew. From April 2012 this will become a pre-requisite for anyone applying for their first commercial endorsement, and for those renewing their endorsement. Further details will be available nearer the time through RYA Magazine, our website and the marine press.
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Has everyone heard about the new addition to the commercial exam coming in next year? In fact all of us that already have the cert will be required to do it as well.
Yes a good thing in my mind to have this PPR should be fairly easy and will be run by schools that offer the RYA Interactive courses .
I am going to a meeting re this in Feb 2012 to gain some more info cost wise about 32 not bad I think sure some will disagree though.
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I did my adv. powerboat course during the early part of this year, and also aim to do the C of C exam during the winter (easier as the night part can be done at a sensible time of day). This will then be commercially endorsed so that I can work commercially next season.

I don't own a rib, but I do lots of yacht sailing (can I admit to that here?) so the navigation part is not a worry. I am a powerboat instructor and also do lots of rescue boat work in ribs so close quarters manoeuvring and all the pb2 & safety boat syllabus is also fine. The theory side will also not be a problem.

What is the best way to prepare for the adv. exam? Should I just hire a rib for a few days and practice the practical parts of the exam syllabus that I am less familiar with, or does anyone run courses specific to preparation for the exam?

I'm not expecting passing the exam to be a problem, but it would be time consuming and costly to fail and have to re take it.

Chris
I would do the work up as cheaper than hiring a rib for a couple of days plus you will see where if at all you need to improve .
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What is the best way to prepare for the adv. exam? Should I just hire a rib for a few days and practice the practical parts of the exam syllabus that I am less familiar with, or does anyone run courses specific to preparation for the exam?



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I would suggest/recommend a course/prep course with a school who will focus you on weaker areas and also get you ready for the examination which is a written part followed by practical boat handling in daylight and then a prep period for night navigation, The examiner will probably be asking questions all the time whilst on the water also about the weather you can see/expect, day signs and then night lights (i.e what is the craft you can see over there? Lights only visible). Normally these are two days and two evening with the school boat and trainer/instructor followed by third day/evening with examiner for between 3- 6 hours depending on how many people on the boat taking the qualification
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Old 18 November 2011, 11:36   #18
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Chris drop me a line if you want to do a work up I can tailor the coure to suit you or if you want I have a work up 2nd and 3rd of Feb with the exam on the 4th
I am also a examiner so if you want to just do the exam let me know.
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Old 18 November 2011, 16:06   #19
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Well here is a problem, struggled to pass color blind tests on the dotted cards on a few of them, possible red / green problem.

Never had an issue seeing Nav Lights or differentiating the colours.

Is there any way around this / an alternative test or something?

Really want to work commercially in powerboats so this could be a real stumbling block.

Hope someone can help

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I am pretty sure someone else on here had a similar problem and I think they had a lantern test by a MCA approved Doc .
You will have to search through previous threads to find it though.
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