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Old 29 August 2006, 18:09   #1
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day skipper shorebased course

i would like to do my day skipper theory course, there is a course due at havant college which is cheap and runs for 20 odd weeks.
my question is.. my work often takes me away so i my miss a couple to 7/8 lessons within this period, with out going to the cost of the weekend/week courses. is there another way to take the course so that i dont miss so many lessons?
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Old 29 August 2006, 18:13   #2
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Go and talk to them, they are usually a helpful dedicated bunch, even if they are yachties. I missed lessons with mine and they helped out when I came back. If it looks like you will miss more than half, I'd say forget it and try and do the course with a school that will deliver it in larger chunks.
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I think you should find a method of attending all. I run these courses and whilst i do understand that people have reasons for missing,

When i did my day skipper i had to take some days off due to my work.

sorry but if you have made your mind up to do it which is great, you really need to make some time, you will get more out of it this way

you could always do correspondance
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Dayskipper at Adult Ed colleges

Now this may open a can of worms but I believe There are reasons that it is cheap, I have nothing against this particular college however think about

1/. Large class size (ask them what is the maximum class size)
2/. The student pack is not included (extra 30 or so on first eve.)
3/. College has no relevent teaching resources (ie live electronic nav/comms kit, safety kit etc.).
4/. The college can not provide extra tuition if you miss or do not understand and evening.

You would not go to a sailing/powerboat school to do your GCSE/A Level, so why go to a sixth form college to do your dayskipper?

I would thouroughly reccomend that you talk to some of your local power and sail schools, pay the extra few quid and be taught by an organisation that specialise in courses such as Dayskipper and works at a ratio of 1:4 to 1:8
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sorry but if you have made your mind up to do it which is great, you really need to make some time, you will get more out of it this way

love to jimbob but work will not permit, i have to go anywhere within the uk with a couple of days notice, this only becomes a problem if it is for the whole week, i have to live to be able to play!
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[QUOTE=jimbob] sorry but if you have made your mind up to do it which is great, you really need to make some time, you will get more out of it this way

love to jimbob but work will not permit, i have to go anywhere within the uk with a couple of days notice, this only becomes a problem if it is for the whole week, i have to live to be able to play!
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antiqueboy, then maybe correspondance is best for you, its not that expensive. The only thing is you dont get the interaction and meet new boats.

I did my ocean course this way,it was OK
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antiqueboy, then maybe correspondance is best for you, its not that expensive. The only thing is you dont get the interaction and meet new boats.

I did my ocean course this way,it was OK
Who did you use for the correspondance course (and would you recommend them)?

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For what it's worth I went straight to Yachtmaster theory, and found no difficulty in coping with the chartwork, rules of road etc. I was at a college, but the tutor was (and still is) a keen sailor who skippers the Sailing for the Disabled yacht and was very good. I couldn't attend on the nights they did competent crew and dayskipper so the instructor agreed that I'd pay the fee (for Yachtmaster) and forfeit it if I couldn't keep up. (I also had to fork out for the books up front).

I did find I had to spend a couple of hours a night on the homework and going over what we'd covered.

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I found it on the RYA, correspondance that is, here is the link

http://www.rya.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/5...ncecentres.pdf

I did my Yachtmaster ocean at tiller,,,,it was very interesting..............but i never use any of the material, i just found it interesting
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