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Old 25 January 2006, 06:59   #1
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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?
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Old 25 January 2006, 07:25   #2
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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?
Hi Dave,
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.

Jimbo
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Old 25 January 2006, 09:31   #3
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Mate of mine has just done his safety boat course and has lot's of work lined up for summer at various water sports centres.
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Old 25 January 2006, 13:23   #4
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Mate of mine has just done his safety boat course and has lot's of work lined up for summer at various water sports centres.
Having taught a few safety boat courses, I really wouldn't reccomend anyone taking the course unless they have a reasonable practical experience of sailing, and or to a lesser extent windsurfing. This is because the course does require a knowledge of the way sailing dinghies and windsurfers (and to some extent kayaks) work, so that you can respond safety wise effectively.

That said - safety boating at a watersports centre would probably keep you fairly busy, and if run properly, it's a fun course to be on to boot!
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My sons done the norm RYA 1&2 and as done a lots of sailing red white and blue he would also like to do a PBI hes off to uni later in the year. would be nice to get him though before he goes
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My sons done the norm RYA 1&2 and as done a lots of sailing red white and blue he would also like to do a PBI hes off to uni later in the year. would be nice to get him though before he goes
Provided JK has no objections, I'll post course details here when I've sorted it. It won't be a commercial thing, and it wont intend to make money, it will be run through the Students Union, for Students, so shouldn't be a problem.
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Many thanks for the comments.
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