Originally Posted by Dave Clarkson
My daughter (18) has an Advanced PB ticket and is currently studying at Portsmouth Uni. As part of her course she will be given a grant towards further training and is trying to decide how best to progress. She'd like to use the qualifications as a stepping stone to paid employment (probably during holidays and weekends etc.) driving a rib or other boats. She's considering either a commercial endorsement to the Adv. PB or taking some instructors course.
My questions are:
Which route do you think would give the best chances of boating based employment (part-time at present)?
Who is running these courses around easter time this year?
I'm also a student at Portsmouth Uni (and an advanced PBI). Having looked at the opportunities out there, there is a considerable amount more work for PBI's than Commercial Drivers. I freelance for several schools near here (a car is fairly essential), and seem to keep myself in a reasonable amount of work.
The benefits of freelancing are that you can choose which jobs you do/don't take, and fit it in around studying etc. It also pays favourably in comparison with other "student" employment.
If your daughter is interested in becoming a PBI, I will be facilitating a PBI course in Portsmouth in the very near future, at a reasonable rate. If interested please do drop me a pm.
I would definitely reccomend going down the RYA instructor route, rather than the commercial driver route.