Originally Posted by DGR
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.
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.