Just done the advanced exam so I thought I would explain what it involved for the benefit of others thinking of taking the exam while it is still fresh in my mind.
1 Theory knowledge extensively tested via question and answer session individually with each candidate. Areas covered included flags, day shapes, lights, meteorology, irpcs, sound signals, chart symbols, anchoring, props, vhf use, etc.
2. Candidates given 3 locations to find in the dark; one chart coordinate, one lit buoy, one unlit buoy, and also a longish passage to undertake. Given time to plan this in the classroom.
3. Go out on the water and perform various manoeuvres and parking scenarios in confined space.
4. More theory questions while on the water.
5. Once dark do the passage and find the 3 locations, all at planing speeds (where safe to do so).
6. Any single error connected with the safety of the boat or crew is an instant fail.
I guess different examiners do different things but the above was my experience.
The exam was 8.5 hours duration for two candidates.
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