Hi folks ,
I find that this whole subject has come up for discussion quite timely and find myself in strong agreement with many of the comments expressed by Wavelength !
I am the National Powerboat Trainer in Ireland with the Irish Sailing Association. I am also Principal of Lough Ree Power Boat School which I feel quite safe in saying is the leading Motor Boat and Powerboat training School in Ireland. In my "real life" I am in charge of the Army Boat Squad over here.
We ( The Irish sailing Association - ISA ) are currently reviewing the National Powerboat Scheme here in Ireland.
By coincidence I have just arrived home tonight after running a 4 day PB Instuctor course.
As Principal of Lough Ree Power Boat School , I personally interview all instructor course candidates . As a rough guide we would expect candidates from a professional background ( Army, Police or RNLI etc..) to have as a minimum, in excess of two or three years of active service before joining a PBI course and we would expect a leisure user to have in excess of 5 years of experience. Many of our candidates fall some where in between.; and of course there are always exceptions to every rule.
I would count relevant boating experience ahead of years of holding a Level 2. MY own Chief Instructor , Phil Knowd puts it nicely when he advises L2 candidates about apres course filling of Log Books being important when convincing Stuart to accept you onto an Instructor course..........
"After an interview we will know whether you have enough experience or not no matter what is written in your Log Book !"
We are also very wary of Instructors who have trained in the couple of well known " Pay your money - Get your Instructor Qualification " Schools in the UK. Good people have come through these Schools ... but we definitely take a third look when we hear certain UK School names mentioned on an Instructors CV.
I agree about having a "Grade " or status of Senior Powerboat Instructor . This would be some one who is both a Safety Boat and Advanced Instructor. We are currently looking at this within the ISA. This would also streamline Instructor-Trainer candidates.
I made the point on the PBI course today that the School Principal as opposed to the Chief Instructor need not be an Instructor. Principal of an RTE is a titular ( and legally responsible ) position which can be occupied by a business person who owns the company or a club commodore. Often , as in my case, the Principal is both an Instructor and a business person / club commodore. I see nothing wrong with this . The chairman of an engineering firm is not necessarily a qualified engineer!
Best wishes ,