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Old 14 June 2007, 08:12   #41
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The 2 helmsmen had been drinking - neither had nav lights - isn't it just possible the situation could have easily been the other way around???
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The point about the level 2 course isn't that it instantly makes you better than someone with 20 years experience - but it gives you a very good start. A well taught course gives you enough knowledge (and experience?) over the 2 days that you can do some boat handling, understand the basics of boating - launching/manouvering/navigation, and not have a silly/stupid accident due to a total lack of knowledge and experience.

I taught a level 2 about 6 weeks ago, with 3 novices and 3 very experienced boat handlers who needed to 'tick the box' for whatever reason. The experienced ones shared knowledge and experience with the newbies - but at the end of the course all 6 said that they had enjoyed themsleves and had all learned something.

I agree it doesn't replace experience - but then again, it was never meant to.

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The 2 helmsmen had been drinking - neither had nav lights - isn't it just possible the situation could have easily been the other way around???
No, trust me, these are my home waters. I've done exactly the same trip at night on many occasions.
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The point about the level 2 course isn't that it instantly makes you better than someone with 20 years experience - but it gives you a very good start. A well taught course gives you enough knowledge (and experience?) over the 2 days that you can do some boat handling, understand the basics of boating - launching/manouvering/navigation, and not have a silly/stupid accident due to a total lack of knowledge and experience.

I taught a level 2 about 6 weeks ago, with 3 novices and 3 very experienced boat handlers who needed to 'tick the box' for whatever reason. The experienced ones shared knowledge and experience with the newbies - but at the end of the course all 6 said that they had enjoyed themsleves and had all learned something.

I agree it doesn't replace experience - but then again, it was never meant to.

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Exactly, the point about a PB2 being useless compared to 20yrs experience is obvious but, it's a lot better than than not having either. As I said you can't buy 20yrs worth of experience, so surely some training is a good start,

I have 30yrs experience, a VHF license and a modicum of common sense only. What that 'qualifies' me for I'm not sure.
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