Originally Posted by Daniel
The thing is if you did a direct PB2 exam you haven't gained anything from the RYA sylabus yet have you (except a cert).
If you were looking to go commercial then yes skip the intermediate.
But you state your doing it to further your knowledge - as a hobby. I reckon even with 15 years power boating you'd learn something on the intermediate course. It's time afloat in a different boat, doing thing you might not usually do. Perhaps book it somewhere you haven't been boating before and make a weekend of it. This way you're guaranteed to learn something as different boat, different waters AND an instructor onboard.
Just my 2pennies worth.
I have got my full PB2, I just did it in a day, not 2.
I see your point, but if I'm going to be doing the yachtmaster costal theory week, I'm not sure IPB would be worth it. Sure I might learn something but would it be enough to warrant the money? PBA is the end goal for me. Like I said, not for any commercial reason, I just want to have it. (as boating is my hobby).