The answer to that question John is a bit like our local restaurant being asked recently if the Salmon they served was smoked or Poached . The answer to tell the truth is ...........A bit of both !
The ISA syllabus would lean a bit heavier on preparing people who are offshore cruising some where remote like the west Coast of Ireland rather than the Solent .
Lough Ree Power Boat School just happens to lucky in that we run the Advanced course on what is some of the nicest cruising ground around .
The same 30 mile triangular voyage is undertaken by each of the three students three times . Each student is responsible for planning and leading a 10 mile leg on this voyage . A Pilotage plan for harbours at the start and finish of the leg is also required .
The first day , the students are not allowed to use GPS .
They are allowed to use GPS over the same triangle at night . The journey direction is reversed and each student operates a different leg to the day time voyage . The GPS will be turned off at an inopportune moment on each student during the leg and the student will be expected to complete the leg using old fashioned Navigation .
on Day 2 the students is allowed to use GPS for passage planning and for actual Navigation . Again the student will have the leg that they did not have on the previous two voyages .
Other skills such as heavy weather / surf handling , sector search , beach landings etc are covered during the normal course of the two days
We also run a two day academic module which gives Level 2 candidates the necessary theory in Navigation and Pilotage prior to coming on the course .
Best wishes ,