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Old 08 September 2003, 17:06   #1
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Hi, ive been following the site for some months now and what a great site it is too! many thanks to John and all who post,
Has anyone any experience of the day skipper theory course over the net or by correspondence .
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Old 09 September 2003, 05:34   #2
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Not many people will answer this question because either they don't know and if they do they wouldn't like to admit it.

Internet.....No don't bother.

Correspondence, yes. I know a couple of people who have done it by post. Try these guys.

www.gamalan.co.uk/nfss

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I found these chaps very good ..... ooops !

nmcs.u-net.com

You can't beat time on the water, power - sail - dinghy we're all the same. Experience counts for a lot however, qualifications do in my opinion give a better understanding of how to apply that experience.
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Thanks for the reply MeMe,
I totally agree it is experience on water is what counts , providing these are good ones of course!
Ill give your sites a look as im looking to broaden my theory.
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Hi Aligator,

I can't offer help on the postal or electronic versions of this course, but when I did it at evening classes some 15 years ago, there were only 2 power boat owners in a class of about 35 "yachties".

Actually, it did help me to understand some of their seemingly irrational ways and we were taught to tie a bowline behind our backs, although I have yet to come across a situation where this type of skill is needed!!!

Still, I did quite enjoy the course, and there wasn't much on the television worth watching (nothing's changed!).

Good luck with your course!

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to see what the course involves and do some pre course studying there is a course outline with all things you will be taught here www.mby.com/mby/month/dskip.htm. I believe most of the course is covered here so can do the actuall course really easily.
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Feel reasonably well qualified to comment on this; took my Dayskipper theory via evening classes, took Yachtmaster theory via correspondence & we teach Dayskipper (theory) & above over 5 day courses.

Evening classes
Pros: Lots of time to cover everything, whiles away those winter nights, very cheap
Cons: Big classes albeit with high attrition rate, difficult to maintain momentum over such a long period (c26 weeks), some instructors (historically) made it a very sail biased course

Correspondence course
Pros: Can do it as quickly or slowly as you wish flexibility, NMCS (who I did Yachtmaster with were the dearest but the quality of the documentation is exceptional)
Cons: No one to talk to (unless you call them), can be expensive.

5 day course/6 days if over a series of weekends
Pros: Keeps momentum going & ensures you dont forget anything due to breaks in learning, others to bounce ideas off, can be cost effective
Cons: In a classroom for 5 days!

Im not aware of courses over the net although you can get the course on CD so I suspect someone does it.

The point was also made that there is no substitute for practical experience and its better to do a course on the water. I understand the point but feel Dayskipper theory addresses a different need:
5 days worth of theory gives a real grounding to a good depth in a variety of areas and allows you to build on that knowledge subsequently in a practical environment. By definition a practical course can spend far less time on this.
The practical course is part of the Motor Cruising scheme and is not available on RIBs or via powerboat schools unless they are motor cruising schools too


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Thankyou all for your thoughts on this subject . The nmcs webb site certainly looks the business and its nice to know that you consider the material to be so as well Paul, actually it was surfing your site that gave me the mind to do the day skipper this year .
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and what an excellent site Pauls is.

CD rom I find useful for refreshing Knowledge

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Hi Aligator,

I undertook my Day Skipper Theory over the winter via evening class.

For me personally was better than correspondance course as I like the personal touch and to be able to ask questions & get a reply sraight away.

Althouhg I did find the course very sail biased when calculating courses navigating excetera.

I am searching to do my D/S Practical but do not want to do it on a yatch or Gin Palace. Would prefer to do it in a rib. Have you found anyone that teaches with Ribs?

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Old 15 September 2003, 12:13   #10
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Hi Ageing youth
sorry for the delay in replying , no I haven't come across one as yet ,but if I do I will let you know, I must admit im thinking more along the lines of completing the advanced power boat course instead of the d/s practical as this would be far more relevant to ribsters,
I picked up the RYA cd at boat show on saturday the complete course ,competent crew. day skipper.yachtmaster. so i will give this ago.
one draw back to the self teaching lark is how do you get the certificate! so may have to do a course anyway.
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