Originally Posted by malthouse
You may be surprised to learn that the PB2 course does not demand a huge amount of time spent on trailer work, sure many centres keep their teaching boat on a trailer and the launching and recovery is a part of their course; but simply "doing a level 2" is no guarantee of becoming an expert in L&R.
Absolutely correct. Some centres keep their boat(s) permanently afloat and teach launching and recovery as a theory exercise. Other centres launch and recover their boats every day, and either approach is fine within the training scheme. The PB2 syllabus has a fair degree of flexibility to spend more or less time on topics that are important to the people on the course - a good instructor will discuss clients' needs and tailor the course appropriately. If someone needs to learn launching and recovery techniques to a level that can't easily be taught as theory, he or she needs to choose a training provider who will do that for them (most will be happy to do so). The key is to make sure that you get what you want from training.
There have been various views expressed in this thread and, as usual, it illustrates that different conditions need different approaches. If you want to launch and keep your feet dry, that's possible, but you would be limited in where you can find a suitable slipway to do that. If you want to be able to launch in a greater variety of places, and at any state of the tide, you will need to learn different techniques and you will have to be prepared to get into the water to a greater extent.