Originally Posted by donutsina911
as for being business orientated by training raw recruits - what's the problem with this - do you expect every crew member to be a decendant of Nelson or the first sea lord?! Jesus, codders, whilst having a nautical background and knowing an area of the coast intimately can be a big help, I would think first class training and bollocks the size of watermelons would be far more relevant than whether or not the sea is in your blood - my old boy is an admiral but I still cant tie knots or work out secondary port tides and certainly dont think I have the balls to do the work of the rnli (and for free)
Training can NEVER be a sustitute for experience - I now have my level 2 and will shortly be doing the advanced - I wouldn't even pretend to be as competant as some of the lifeboat men I know who have been doing their stuff for the last 20 years!!!
As to local knowledge why do they have pilots on large ships that take over from the Captain who will have far more skill at handling his own ship???
Some of the worlds top mountain climbers have NO formal training - I think I would rather be with them than someone who has just completed some mountain leader course!!!