Originally Posted by codprawn
Just go for it - wear a life jacket - wait for a nice calm day and you will be fine. Oh and remember to open the breather on the tank - most common mistake there is.
codprawn - that qualifies as you dumbest post yet! So long as he has a life jacket and its a calm day he'll be fine - unless of course he falls in noone knows where he is, the engine breaks and he has no way to get help, fog appears and he gets lost, run down by a ship, hits a hazard he didn't recognise or any other disaster develops!
The guy is looking for some help to build his confidence/experience and is wisely seeking to get this either through formal training or "cruising in company".
Big Kev - if you decide you already know most of the content for the powerboat level 2 course and just want a refresher - then most good training centres will offer "own boat training" for a day/half day which is probably enough to get a previously experienced person back in the saddle.
It would be worth reading "Nos4r2's beginners guide" too: http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=12892