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Old 20 January 2008, 17:59   #1
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Advanced or Intermediate?

Hi, im new to forum but have a newbie interest in RIB's and have RYA Level 2 Powerboat along with some military boat handling experience.
I did my Level 2 with the mil and although along the guidelines of RYA syllabus, the course was actually 4 and half days. This included plotting, navigation by charts and rough weather legs etc. I want to gain further qualification but not sure whether to go straight onto Advanced. Any ideas? Im based in the Poole area of anyone knows good RYA accredited schools.
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Old 20 January 2008, 18:19   #2
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The intermediate (or safety boat) course is mainly aimed at rescue work, mostly sail.
I would go straight to Advanced unless you are involved with sail as it is likely to be of greater utility to normal rib use.
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Old 20 January 2008, 19:45   #3
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The intermediate (or safety boat) course is mainly aimed at rescue work, mostly sail.
I would go straight to Advanced unless you are involved with sail as it is likely to be of greater utility to normal rib use.
Bruce...unless I have misread what you mean.....

The RYA safety boat course is not an intermediate course between L2 and Advanced.

It has a specific (and very involved and worthwhile) aim, as you rightly point out, mostly at escort and rescue of/racing sail, windsurfers etc. A great course and loads of fun but by no means intermediate.

About 5 years ago, before the RYA scheme was revised, the safety boat course was seen as a progression between L2 and advanced but only because there was nothing else to fill the gap.

The Intermediate course actually fills that gap between L2 and Advanced and covers skills such as passage planning and day cruising without having to cram too much into a 2 day course (as used to happen with the old advanced courses).

L2...........................Aim..to teach Boat handling and seamanship in
powerboats.

No assumed knowledge

Intermediate.............Aim..to teach powerboating up to the standard
required to complete a short coastal passage by day.

Assumed knowledge....Competent to L2 coastal
Recommended VHF and 1st aid certificate

Advanced..................Aim..to teach boat handling, seamanship, pilotage
and navigation up to the standards required to drive
a planing powerboat safely by day and by night in
tidal coastal waters with which the candidate may
be familiar.

Assumed knowledge...competent to intermediate
skills, thorough knowledge of navigation and
chartwork to the level of Day Skipper shorebased.
Required to hold VHF and 1st aid.

ch5120.....Notwithstanding your credentials (I may even have taught you!) I can thoroughly recommend the intermediate course if only to take the strain off before doing your Advanced and it's a great course too.

Regarding good RYA accredited schools in your area.....just Google RYA POWERBOAT SCHOOL POOLE
you will probably get a few hits ...take yer pick.
Alternatively have a gander at the RYA website, there's a few on there too.
All the best.

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Old 20 January 2008, 20:00   #4
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Thanks for replies. I did my Level 2 at Marchwood. As for other mil boating, on and off, Rigid Raider, Beach Raider and even the good old Mk5 Assault Boat!
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Rigid raider.....damp and emotional?
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Yes and Yes.
Not had a go in the new diesel ones, seen them recently but my experience was in the old Suzuki petrol ones.
After a few years break from mil boats i decided to do the RYA Level 2 through the military. Now want to purse more quals.
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Seeing as your Level 2 covered a lot more that most Level 2 courses would I would go for Advanced. I did my level 2 and am aiming to go for my advanced later this year.




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Hi, im new to forum but have a newbie interest in RIB's and have RYA Level 2 Powerboat along with some military boat handling experience.
I did my Level 2 with the mil and although along the guidelines of RYA syllabus, the course was actually 4 and half days. This included plotting, navigation by charts and rough weather legs etc. I want to gain further qualification but not sure whether to go straight onto Advanced. Any ideas? Im based in the Poole area of anyone knows good RYA accredited schools.
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Seeing as your Level 2 covered a lot more that most Level 2 courses would I would go for Advanced. I did my level 2 and am aiming to go for my advanced later this year.
I'd strongly recommend you discuss this with the Principal or Chief Instructor of whichever RYA training establishment you choose to use. The reason that the Intermediate course was introduced was because the jump from Level 2 to Advanced was too great.

It may well be that your background and experience justifies going straight to Advanced, but don't do it without talking it through with someone who can spend a bit of time talking through the options with you in the light of your present skills level
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I have emailed Powerboat Training UK, at Poole, and asked about what i need. The problem is, as always with experience, trying to get the hours in when you dont own a boat. Its all very well having a cabby in a mil one, but unless its your day to day job, the oppurtunity is few and far between. Im trying to get qualified up and then offer my services for weekend work in the civilian sector. Hard i know, due to lack of hours but what i have done mil wise and now doing through civilian accreditation may help some what.
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