Originally Posted by Chrissybabe
Hi, can anybody help? I am looking to attain my commercially endorsed advanced level powerboat in the hope that I can gain employment as a driver. I have come across some providers down south that look amazing but I am wondering if there are any that could be recommended a bit nearer home in lancashire. I would really appreciate any feedback. Chris
You've received some good advice and a few pointers from other forum members about where to seek the required traiining but I think a reality check is in order.
Employment opportunities for a commercially-endorsed PB level 2 are extremely limited.
The absolute minimum for working on the windfarms as a 'Driver' is a commercially-endorsed Yachtmaster ticket and even these opportunities are disappearing rapidly as more and more companies are now requiring a minimum of a 200 ton MCA COC ticket.
Please don't let this put you off. By all means get your PB2 commercially endorsed and then get EXPERIENCE as a deckhand whilst you study for your Yachtmaster or 200 ton COC
There is, of course, a requirement to have a minimum number of hours at sea in your logbook before any commercial endorsement is conferred so if you're really interested in becoming a professional skipper, I suggest you need to get out there as a deckie and get a ton of hours under your belt whilst studying.
Good luck. The industry is always looking for excellent, EXPERIENCED skippers.