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Old 01 November 2009, 09:50   #11
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All I would say is from my perspective is when I'm looking for skippers now to drive my charter boats, I much prefer to use someone who can prove they have got a decent amount of practical experience, rather than someone who's got all the tickets but did them over a couple of weeks at UKSA or similar! I've seen seemingly well qualified people making the most basic of errors. eg putting 2 stroke oil in 4 stroke outboards, not being able to tell why an outboard won't start (helps if you put fuel in the tank) etc. It might be worth your while getting some basic commercial tickets (eg pbi), doing some work for a sea school or similar, and building up to a more advanced level over a few years. That way you'll have a much more comprehensive and attractive CV for future employers.

That's not to say Doug's fast track courses arnt any good. If you have the necessary experience that may well be for you. I did several of my "tickets" at Stormforce and rate them highly.

All IMHO as a charter operator.
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Old 01 November 2009, 15:43   #12
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I completly argee with you that qualifications arent everything but I belive im at the stage where I need the qualification to prove i have the skills + experiences.

I know a few people who suffer from qualification but no experice e.g. my girlfriend driving a car, she has a full license but is still useless. Got a few mates with RYA PB 2 and they have done things like you said.... "Will, Why wont my boat start" "have you checked the kill cord" "Oh yer, Its started now" or my Fav.... "Will, Why wont my boat come off its trailer" "Are the ratchet straps off it" "Ahhhh"

Im also at the stage were i need the qualifications to get anywhere i wanna be! Imagine if i tryed to get a job with you and said I have 1000's of hours experice (which I do) but only PB 2 ? Or said I have 1000's hours experience and this list of qualifications i have ? Think you would choose the 2nd option

But anyway, Thanks for the postive comment about stormforce! Cant wait to get down there to be honest !
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Im also at the stage were i need the qualifications to get anywhere i wanna be! Imagine if i tryed to get a job with you and said I have 1000's of hours experice (which I do) but only PB 2 ? Or said I have 1000's hours experience and this list of qualifications i have ? Think you would choose the 2nd option
Whats the experience doing if you haven't done any navigation or night work?
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I know a few people who suffer from qualification but no experice e.g. my girlfriend driving a car, she has a full license but is still useless.
Got to assume her computer investigative skills are somewhat lacking too then?
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Got to assume her computer investigative skills are somewhat lacking too then?
He's single now lol!
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