Originally Posted by chriswood
Hi. I've been meaning to mention this on previous threads re RYA powerboat 2 courses. I did mine last year via the Sea Cadets as a non member. It cost me £40. Received all the relevant RYA docs afterwards. To my knowledge they hold them a few times a year on a regional basis. It might be worth giving your local Sea Cadets a ring. For not much more they asked if I wanted to stay overnight as it's a 2 day course so doesn't have to be that local. Just a thought. Chris
Chris I am sure I wrote some thoughts on this before. Theoretically a PB2 is a PB2 and all equivalent. In practice what you get from a sailing club is likely to be rather more focused at safety boat use than cruising. A big centre may be more general but still often are catering for the 'need a ticket' market and cost is likely to be cheaper by sharing boats, instructors etc amongst larger group. A specialist school would give you more personalised attention, and if pb is all they do then you get a specialist rather than a sailing or windsurf instructor wearing a different hat. however big centres may be more likely to expose you to a variety of boat types.
Where abouts are you? key question to ask suppliers is how much of the time is afloat? Classrooms are cheap, require only one instructor don't burn fuel and easy to manage.