Originally posted by davidmanning
I would have thought that 150pounds for a two day course is pretty reasonable when you think what's involved.
Groan! I'm failing to get across my point so this is my bow-out-of-the-discussion post.
David, I do not think 150 quid for a 2-day course is expensive. Nor do I think the course contentent is rubbish. Nor do I think training is a waste of time.
On the contrary.
Those that run these courses do it as much for a love of the sea-life and the desire to share their enthusiasm and wide knowledge with newcomers. And new-comers, if they have any common sense, will want to start with some basic knowledge.
After I had read a little book by Chay Blyth called "Innocent Aboard" back in 1975 I thought I, too, might like to have a go at sailing round the world. The first thing I did was sign up for and do the basic Deck-hand course. The excitement and anticipation that this gave me set me on a course that led to a career change so that I could pursue my dream of the of adventure sailing round the world.
Knowledge is power. Training is the key to it. No argument. Period.
However, not being allowed to enter a Spanish port on a boat without a Certificate that says you are Internationally Competent is, in my opinion, Red Tape Rubbish. That is my opinion and this is, as I said, my bow-out line.
Keep up trying to persuade each other that Making New Laws is or is not a good idea, folks. I doubt if many of you will change your funtamental point of view. You either prefer to be regulated or you don't.