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Old 31 March 2004, 02:33   #1
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Hi all
i'm doing a bit of research here and would like a bit of help,
can you tell me what was the best boat related course/courses
you have done example first aid,day skipper, pb2 or higher
i don't want a list of your qualifications just the course you feel has added the most to your boating activity in terms of your confidence and its value to you.
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Old 31 March 2004, 02:57   #2
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RYA Coastal Skipper Practical

This was a week's practical with other crew on a yacht.
It put all of the shore based theory into perspective, giving confidence to skipper a boat with good understanding of boat handling, safe passage making/navigation, safety, crew requirements & expectations/limitations and enjoyment.

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Adv. Powerboat.

This is the one that "added the most to my boating activity in terms of my confidence and its value to you me".
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Hi Tim,

For myself it was the Level Two and the Advanced Power Boat. I was able to put all the theory together and it worked!

One comment though I think that the RYA needs to modify the Theory courses to take into account modern electronics/navigation. A 3 knot tide flow has little effect at 30knots, when trying to plot a course to steer.

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I think that the RYA needs to modify the Theory courses to take into account modern electronics/navigation.
Kevin, where are you coming from... there isn't a PB2 or Adv PB theory course. And I think that electronic navigation is a separate topic from tidal flows - a GPS won't stop the tide flowing!

Sounds like you did a Day Skipper navigation course as well? Or did you do powerboat courses with a sailing school?
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Hi Richard,

Just to clarify RYA Day Skipper Theory, Levels 1 & 2 Plus Advanced PB.

Sorry if my reply sonded confusing.
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No prob, Kevin...

I'm going to get on my soap box here - I don't think that the RYA should modify the courses to include electronic navigation, at least not if that means removing any of the "traditional" navigation elements. I thought the GPS topics on the Adv PB course were covered adequately.

Our chartplotter was out of action for the 2nd half of last season and I think it was a good wake-up call to stop relying on it!

Want an electronic navigation course? Look somewhere like here: http://www.bishamabbeysailing.co.uk/radar.html (scroll down to the second half of the page)
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Hi Richard
thanks for all the replies so far,PB2 now includes GPS and its limitations and the new RYA intermediate includes
GPS/CHARTPLOTTERS but traditional navigation is still in there and always will be, it has been designed to fill in the gap between PB2 and the Advanced
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Day Skipper shorebased..

.. is the one I got most from. It certainly gave confidence to travel further afield with the navigation instruction received.
I have to agree that it is very yachtie biased.
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Hi Tim

I would agree with most others on this thread and say that the courses I got the most from were the RYA L2 Powerboat and RYA Advanced Powerboat.

They increased me confidence hugely.

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