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Old 11 October 2011, 15:46   #11
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There is a major jump from Day Skipper to Coastal, and - although some people manage to do it - I would suggest that starting at Coastal is not the best idea. You will find when you do move up to Coastal that you're covering the same things, but in a lot more depth (like Standards to Highers) and having a good grounding in the basics will help.

If you do go for the home study route, there are several good providers (I'm not going to promote them on here, but pm me and I'll send details), and if you want any help with any of it - send me an email or give me a call. I'd be pleased to help if I can

Good luck with it. It is well worth doing
Ian, thanks for that. I don't think i'd jump in to Coastal without first "teaching myself" (or refreshing myself as the case maybe) to Dayskipper level. I guess what I'm saying is my budget is something like 300 ish - so I can either pay someone that to get Dayskipper training OR I can spend a small amount of it on DIY materials to do Dayskipper and then pay and expert to teach me to Coastal.

Or are you suggesting that most people struggle with Coastal Skipper unless they have actually gone through the formal certified process?
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Ian, thanks for that. I don't think i'd jump in to Coastal without first "teaching myself" (or refreshing myself as the case maybe) to Dayskipper level. I guess what I'm saying is my budget is something like 300 ish - so I can either pay someone that to get Dayskipper training OR I can spend a small amount of it on DIY materials to do Dayskipper and then pay and expert to teach me to Coastal.

Or are you suggesting that most people struggle with Coastal Skipper unless they have actually gone through the formal certified process?
Actually, a lot of people struggle despite going through formal training.

In your case, I think you'd be very capable of working your way through Day Skipper for yourself

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We running Coastal Yachtmaster Theory over Thursday Evenings in the Club @ Elie ... 7pm to 9pm - Induction Night is 20th October!

Cost 200 includes the course pack but excludes "extras" - plotter and dividers and training almanac.

There will only be 6 or at most 8 on the course!

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How do you deal with the client who isn't sure if he already has the required knowledge and would be paying 290 to relearn stuff he knows? You presumably have a similar issue for APB candidates - or do you just tell them all if they aren't sure they need to cross your palm with another 290 quid?
I was in this position last year. Been boating for years some of which at night....but did I know enough ?

I talked to a couple of people who had done it (thanks Steve) and got hold of a couple of books ( 'Pass your yachtmaster' by David Fairhall & Mike Peyton and 'RYA yachtmaster' from the RYA) which I read a few times over, over a couple of weeks. A bit of practice on the charts I have - bearings , tides etc and then just went for the advanced course.

I was thinking its a pass fail - but the course is just a course where you can learn - then I did some more practice , re read the books and went for the commercial exam ....

I think the right attitude goes a long way...

I cant speak highly enough of he company that did the course and exam - but not exactly local for you.

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