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Old 04 August 2004, 05:00   #11
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qcamel - You seem to have the right attitude to all this.

My advice to you is: You have some sea awareness already and comfortable on water. Go and do the RYA Level 2 course, its only a few days, it will teach/refresh enough boating handling skills and rules of the road for you to cox your boat safely in fair conditions.

The RYA Level 1 is really an introduction to powerboating and does teach skills, but you repeat them in RYA Level 2. There really is no need to do this one. I target that at young kids or totally inexperienced people etc where it makes a great start for them.

Once you have RYA level 2, you should not be able to do and pass the Advanced course back to back, as it requires you to have experience. Any RYA instructor worth their salt will not recommend you do Advanced until you have a fair few hours in a variaty of conditions. Advanced extends your skills and confidence and include such things as night work, search techniques etc.

And so go play for a year and get your hours up at the helm. After that consider your Advanced Course.

Get a few books ... an Almanac from a chandlers, it will tell everything about your local regs, harbours, marinas, byelaws etc. Get a chart of your area and study it, take note of hazards etc and plan your routes onto a slate. This will help you on your early trips and having a good plan will reduce your risk of cocking up. Make sure the weather is good on your early trips to remove yet another set of potential problems. Watch your fuel like a hawk and think fuel & oil all the time. Work out how much you are using, this is vital knowledge for when you plan to go on longer distances. Fuel management is a key skill. Ensure you have safety kit and before you go out. And finally on your early trips keep your passengers down to a minimum, you don't need the hassle on your early trips, you must remain focused ... keep it all simple, there will be plenty of time later for all that, when you know the area and boat better.

Getting experience in your area is easy. Arrange to go for cruises on this forum with like minded people. They will not only give you local knowledge and help you learn.

Have Fun!!
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Old 04 August 2004, 05:00   #12
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Or ask on this forum. There are loads of people here who know lots, right?

BTW MeMe, I am desparate to find details of a decent B&B or other accomodation in the vicinity of Pwhelli. I have asked and asked and no-one seems to know nowhere? Except you apparantly.
Pl. spill the beans. Where should I stay when I am up there?
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Old 04 August 2004, 05:34   #13
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A good pal of ours.......

....Ian, who is a member here, drives a big black ProSport and does charter work in Abersoch also owns a B&B. Give him a call on 01758 720151 and ask for Debs, his wife. Mention I passed you their details.

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Thanks Graeme.

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Old 04 August 2004, 09:25   #15
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Thanks guys you have all been a big help. I am going to do my level two course with team alpha early next month and then spend my time on a learning curve. Any forum members from the North East please pm me as I would love to meet up some time.

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Old 04 August 2004, 11:00   #16
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Except that none of the above are within 150miles of qcamel!!!
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wow that would be great thanks Rich you are a nice guy
yes i know where Dave Mallet school is just too lazy to change it should pay more attention to my postings
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