Originally Posted by gooner-paul
I will think about doing the advanced powerboat, but dont you have to do intermediate first? I was thinking of trying to get the day skippper practical in at some point next year, but might revise thought to be the powerboat intermediate and advanced then..
The answer to the first point is no you do not have to do your Intermediate before doing your Advanced - its an anomaly but there you go.
Whether you do the Intermediate before the Advanced is entirely up to you.
I appreciate that money and time are a major issue but the key questions are
What experience do you want to gain?
How much confidence do you want to gain?
How much fun do you want to have?
I look at it simply - if you can't do it during the day then you are st*ffed if you try to do it at night.
That's why I would always recommend anyone with limited experience to do the Intermediate first and then practise and lock down all that knowledge and skills gained before doing the Advanced.
Then when you do the Advanced you will really enjoy the challenges on offer and come away raring to go.
Yes it takes longer and costs more but the potential benefits are well worth it.