Originally Posted by Zubenelgenubi
2 days.....3 days of training doesnt sound like very much.
I think ill get a bag of magic beans & plant them & see what sort of certificate grows, it would probably take longer to grow the certiificate than it seems it takes to do a course to get one...
Zubenelgenibi, I think you are being unfair. To qualify as a PBI, you essentially need to do the following (there may be ways of shortcutting some of this - but this is the "normal" route, and I think very similar to what the OP has posted).
RYA PB Level 2... 2 days
RYA (or equiv) First aid certificate... 1 day
5 seasons of powerboat experience (or 1 full time).
a VHF certificate 1 day
and Dayskipper Theory 5 days (the formal qualification is not required but the level of knowledge is - so its going to take that amount of personal learning time one way or the other).
you can do the PBI course - 3 days
and then you are still not qualified to go out and issue certificates willy nilly to other people. AFIK you can only run courses as part of an RYA approved training centre under the supervision of a Senior Instructor.
The OP is actuallly doing this as part of a combined/condensed course which lasts 3 weeks, but still has the requirement for a PB2 and 5 seasons experience (or 1 full time).