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Old 01 October 2002, 15:59   #1
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RYA level 2 instruction in solent ?

Who can provide this tuition in solent area (warsash area even better )? After 10 years of boating wouldnt mind having a go at this ?

I note wavelength are charging 150 quid up north, yet oceanpro down south want 245 quid

would prefer to pay the lower if pos

thoughts please
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Old 01 October 2002, 16:03   #2
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Talk to David Robson at Aquapower:

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You could try New Dawn Dive. They operate out of lymington.

Contact Richard Rimmer on 01483 211103

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cheers

new dawn dive are a stones throw from where I live, always thought they were a dive shop only

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The price for a RYA2 seems to be very high. When I bought my RIB a couple of months ago I looked into getting a RYA2 for me and the missus, total cost 520 (East Coast)

so I came up with a radical solution - I coded my own boat and registered it with a RYA sailing school that I am a partner in and hired an instructor (local RNLB helm) total cost 260

Now I can offer power boat training as well - bonus! and very willing to do a RIBNET deal if anyone wants to put a course together for the east coast or Solent area (I have access to a 8M inboard diesel RIB in Portsmouth)
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Ocean pro use excellenrt trainers as do International Rib Services in Lymington, Southampton Water Activities Centre and Stormforce coaching are all excellent. I have been trained by three of these schools and found them superb

The South carries some high overheads in terms of rent and rates which makes the costs dearer, the schools have to operate from RYA approved classrooms carry the appropriate insurances and are restricted to only three Students per boat

Another way of getting a reduced price is to wait until the day before the course and find out if a spare place is available, if it is offer your 150 pounds then.

Another trainer worth checking out is Paul Glatzel in Poole, I think he runs an excellent operation also.

The important thing about training is to make sure the instructor really has the experience to teach you properly, and the school has a long association with powerboating.
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The important thing about training is to make sure the instructor really has the experience to teach you properly, and the school has a long association with powerboating.
Agreed! If you want to get the most from a course, then look for an instructor who really uses RIBs and you should learn plenty on top of the (very basic) RYA syllabus.

Many schools offering RYA courses are still geared towards powerboats as nothing more than rescue boats for dinghies, and their instructors may have very limited experience of real ribbing.

Better still, as you already have a fair bit of experience, find an instructor who will provide a bespoke RIB cruising course for you. This could easily include an assessment for level II, but would be much more useful.

Of course, if you just want the certificate then just find the cheapest available because you're very unlikely to fail.

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Level 2 costs

I agree with John particularly with regards to the Instructors used. As a general statement the cheaper schools tend to be local authority type operations with (at least for level 2) Instructors for whom powerboats are not a passion but a job secondary to areas such as windsurfing/dinghy sailing. I did my own level 2 course at such a school on the South Coast and looking back realise we covered a fraction of what can be achieved on Level 2. That said there are exceptions to the rule and Dave's school undoubtedly is one.

As to cost it does vary place to place and logic suggests running a Solent/Poole based operation will have higher running costs (Instructors costs/classrooms/mooring costs etc) than some other locations, that said (without wishing to appear critical) I think 245 is quite steep and 200 is nearer the mark.

I agree that David Robson runs a good operation as does Phil at Oceanpro

On a final note a question for 'dmoore' - I'm intrigued by the set up you refer to re coding & running and being able to offer RYA courses. When you refer to coding do you mean MCA Cat 4 type coding as achieving that for the money you refer to (and paying an Instructor) would be unbelievable.

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There isna place in Lymington ...West Solent..Powrboat school or similar name....Don't have a number with me...The instructor I did my courses with is called John Bonnie...saw him at the boat show two weeks ago...excellent trainer...Ask for him or I will get phone number when go back home at weekend....
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seems to be some confusion here.
the term trainer and instructor is not interchangeable in rya powerboat qualifications
a powerboat instructor may have only a level 2 himself and may be qualified to teach just inland or both inland and coastal.
They may be able to teach rescue boat ticket.

An advanced instructor can teach level 2 coastal/inland and the advanced course and may be able to teach rescue boat.

Powerboat trainers is selected by the RYA from advanced instructors (with rescue boat ticket ) and invited onto a trainers' course run by the RYA itself. Those who pass the 3 day "perisher" course (horizontal snow during most of my first one)are appointed by the RYA to teach/assess prospective instructors at all levels-some of us also do training schools inspection.
After appointment we are "invited" to sample the delights of yet another trainers course on a regular basis-fail it, or not be actively teaching, and your appointment can be withdrawn.

I also share GEDs concerns over some instructors with no sea time in (see seperate thread).
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