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Old 25 February 2015, 15:47   #11
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I can't vouch for Paul's instruction techniques, but I've tried his tea and it's "by the book".

His coffee's not bad, either!
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Old 26 February 2015, 05:04   #12
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As an aside. The RYA state that the minimum age for taking PBL2 is 12. From a legal standpoint, if a PBL2 qualified 12 year old is in the RIB on their own and gets involved in a major incident where the courts could be involved, as a minor, are they allowed to be in charge of a powerboat on their own without adult supervision? I believe someone has to be the master on a vessel and of an adults age?
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Old 26 February 2015, 07:54   #13
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I think the PLB2 for a 12yr old states they still need Adult supervision.?

Presumably the Adult is then responsible for any incidents.?
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Minimum age to take PB2 is 12. If under 16 they get an endorsed certificate.

http://www.rya.org.uk/coursestrainin...es/Level2.aspx
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I believe someone has to be the master on a vessel and of an adults age?
But you'd be wrong.
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Thanks!!

To everyone that has made kind comments about training with us (those making kind comments about me making decent tea/coffee are clearly mistaken thoiugh!! ) - however long you have been training positive feedback is always nice to hear. We are in touch with Tony and hope that we can arrange something that works for his son.

As Willk mentions was amazing to go to Antarctica and do some boating. A truly incredible location. Meeting up with Danny (donegaldan) from Round Ireland/RIB.net was really nice – albeit slightly strange the other end of the world.

For those interested in doing amazing and different things British Antarctic Survey recruit a number of Boating Officers each year to manage the boating at two of their bases. Initial roles are 6 months but there can then be longer 18 month stints.

More can be found about what they do here

Polar Science for Planet Earth - Video - British Antarctic Survey

More about the roles appear on their website however as a general guide you will need to be a RYA PBI (or similar) with a good range of boating experience.

Poly – I may misunderstand what you say (“I don't doubt that given Paul's pedigree anyone going there can expect a good experience. However I am always sceptical of claims someone is the best instructor”) but never anywhere have I claimed to be the ‘best instructor’ and nor would I. Nor have I ever claimed that the school is the best. There are many great instructors out there teaching great courses at great schools and a good number frequent this site. If I have misquoted you my apologies however I would be keen not to be misrepresented either.

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Old 02 March 2015, 05:41   #17
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Poly – I may misunderstand what you say (“I don't doubt that given Paul's pedigree anyone going there can expect a good experience. However I am always sceptical of claims someone is the best instructor”) but never anywhere have I claimed to be the ‘best instructor’ and nor would I. Nor have I ever claimed that the school is the best. There are many great instructors out there teaching great courses at great schools and a good number frequent this site. If I have misquoted you my apologies however I would be keen not to be misrepresented either.
Paul, no it wasn't you who said that. Earlier in the thread someone said you were the best (or words to that effect). my observations were not targeted at you, but at general Internet claims that someone or something is the best when clearly the reviewer can't possibly have tried everything else, and likely has only used one provider!
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In my opinion Paul and his merry bunch of men and women trainers are the best. Always had excellent training at Powerboat Training UK.

Tony this would be a good school to choose and has the added benefit of being at Cobbs Quay which is in the same bay as the RNLI college.
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Thanks for all the replys. Looks like Poole isn't going to work out so it'll have to be somewhere more local. Shame as was looking forward to a trip.

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