Originally Posted by LURCHER
A mate of mine who lives on the IOW is thinking of doing his advanced RYA powerboat course,knowing I have just completed one he is seeking my advice on the following points and wonders whether it would be best to do it from the school I used in the Portsmouth area rather than on the island .He has 2 concerns .
1 Are there any sea schools of equal ablity and quality to to those on the mainland ?
2 Mainland schools seem to be better value and equipped with more choice of boats and equipment .
Would any Portsmouth schools be prepared to pick him up from Wooton each day ?
I learnt so much on my course it was fantastic and a real eye opener .
Well you certainly know how to upset the locals don't you.
All schools that are RYA Accredited have to pass strict inspections on equipment and facilities.
Regarding equipment we run A Gemini Dive Rib 300 hp Yanmarr with VHF DSC .Radar ,Chartplotter and Magnometer also two Solent Ribs 7 metres in length with a 150 Opti on solentis (new 2003) VHF dsc and chartplotter . Our other Solent rib Amean ( new in May 2007 )has a 200 hp etec with Standard Horizon VHF DSC and Chartplotter so equipment wise I think we have a pretty good list of boats to offer our clients
The cost of the course is £275 so not bad value for money .
Regarding Ability take a look at our website and see how we shape up.We run Powerboat Instuctor Courses for the RYA -RLSS UK and BSAC so we must be fairly ok in our ability to teach in fact we are the only Powerboat Centre in the UK that can do this.
Dave Robson from Yarmouth has taught quite a few from this forum and everyone has been happy with him.
If your friend would like to chat about whats involved on the Advanced course get him to give me a ring .
I am interested to know why your friend and you think schools on the Island are not of the same ability in teaching than mainland schools .
Regarding price I think we are competitive enough as our busy season shows to entice quite a few over from England to take their courses with us.