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Old 07 November 2013, 18:28   #1
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Well due to work I was given the opportunity to do the day skippers shore based theory to give me start on my road to gaining my yachtmasters.
I work on crew transfer vessels and was keen to progress and learn the bridge so was booked in at small place in Southampton by the itching bridge.
Was great course learning the basics and will not only help with work but also for taking my own rib out etc
How many folk take this route or do you all stick to pb levels etc?
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Old 07 November 2013, 18:39   #2
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I did my Coastal/Offshore theory at evening classes years ago. I'd definitely recommend it as there's a lot of useful stuff in it. Explaining my passage plans and weather routing was fun, given that it was generally raggie orientated but I decided to stick with what I knew and base my stuff on a RIB
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Old 07 November 2013, 18:50   #3
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I did my day skippers , yacht masters theory and practical, all very useful, and a good way to spend a few (dark?) evenings!!

I have done a few courses and have always found SWAC (active nation) to be very good and down to earth, sensible, practical

I'm sure you'll enjoy it there.
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How many folk take this route or do you all stick to pb levels etc?
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The RYA Powerboat scheme should be on average 80% practical on the water so it is a great idea to back this up with some shorebased theory such as the Day Skipper or the Essential Navigation course - therefore you can "talk the talk" and "walk the walk"
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day skipper theory course was excellent, learned plenty and confirmed many things i wasnt quite sure on. really enjoyed doing the chartwork, though seems a shame that once you step back on board a rib you go straight back to pressing buttons on a chartplotter! of course this is down to practicalities rather than laziness, but having the understanding of tides etc before setting out is priceless.
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Ive done Day Skipper Theory twice over past 5 years and am currently doing the YachtMaster theory at night school, yes I agree excellent use of the dark evenings and very enjoyable. Plus it's rather amusing learning at my old Comprehensive school, actually sitting in the same classroom I was in over 30 years ago ! The only difference is I actually want to be at school this time round. LOL
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Im interested in learning some more - is there a sylubus someone can point me to so I can see whats taught. ?
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Well due to work I was given the opportunity to do the day skippers shore based theory to give me start on my road to gaining my yachtmasters.
I work on crew transfer vessels and was keen to progress and learn the bridge so was booked in at small place in Southampton by the itching bridge.
Was great course learning the basics and will not only help with work but also for taking my own rib out etc
How many folk take this route or do you all stick to pb levels etc?
Regards graham
Hi Gramas

I did the reverse route - I trained through all the RYA courses. I then did the MCA 200 ton Masters as well as a Boatmasters Tier 1 Level 2 for some work I was doing on the Thames. So commercially I am now rated up to 250 passengers and can be an OOW up to 500 tons on sailing / power boat. Even then there are specialist elements like Local Knowledge Endorsements and pilot exemptions. Although I have driven RIBS for years I only recently started to follow some PB courses on them. I have to confess I really have learnt a good deal recently - although much of the content is the same there are some specific issues on RIBS which I should have known - but didn't. One forgets even the elementary stuff and there is no substitute for regular training (as pilots follow in simulators etc) So if you are interested enough (and can afford it!) you can benefit from both.It also depends on how far you want to take it - higher qualifications are probably only necessary if you need to be commercial. I would advocate the RYA Yachtmaster Courses on both power and sail - they are great fun to do.
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