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Old 14 October 2004, 06:04   #1
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vhf training. where? how much?

where can i sit my vhf certification in scotland in the next month or two?
and does anyone know how much it will cost?

i tried the rya website but cant get it to work

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Old 14 October 2004, 06:23   #2
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The site dose work but has to be the slowest site on the net!
I used it earlier this year to fined local VHF schools & contacted them all it worked out in the end!
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Old 14 October 2004, 06:29   #3
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Have a look here: http://www.rya.org.uk/training/cours...#UK%20Scotland . I think it was about £95 when I did it last year plus another £20 for the exam. I've seen it cheaper elsewhere though!

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Old 14 October 2004, 06:35   #4
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If that fails call RYA Scotland iirc the number is 0131 317 7388

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Old 14 October 2004, 07:50   #5
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Quote from Louise" I think it was about £95 when I did it last year plus another £20 for the exam. I've seen it cheaper elsewhere though!"

My god you lot are getting ripped off,
I run the SRC courses at the Isle of Man Yacht Club along with Mark another Instructor. We charge £25 for a club Member and £30 for a non member, also £20 to the RYA for the Examination and issue of the OTO.

We also can offer 1 to 1 for special needs at the same price.

Anybody needing to take the SRC course should first try Yacht clubs to see if they run the course, many do.

Mark and I also take one course for 12 (the reason for 2 instructors) at the Newtownards sailing Club in Northern Ireland each Winter.
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Yeah but, to be fair, your taxation, overheads, etc are going to be very different on the Isle of Man!
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Much the same as yours Louise, yes our tax is lower but almost every thing else is dear

Petrol----------87p/Lt
Diesel----------89p/Lt
Red Diesel------40p/Lt
Milk ------------50p/Pint (or 1/2 Lt if your into europe)
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I was thinking more about premises, utilities, etc. When pricing a course, this must be taken into consideration, surely? And tax is a big consideration in my book!
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Our property prices are comparable with the south east of England. Land may be more expensive though. Electricity is available from only one source and is more expensive than the rest of the UK with exception of the Channel Islands who are in the same position as us. So a direct comparison can be made on the pricing of the courses, but remember that the Yacht club is not a private school that only exists to provide a service and make a profit, I have no objections to anybody making a profit, we all have to make a living but with the costs of our hobby going through the roof a saving on one course could mean a days outing on the rib.

Just for comparison the Yachtmaster land based course last year was £95 inc books and practise charts.
First aid course is £25 for a club member
Not sure on the Diesel engine maintenance course but will be around the £25 mark

The club makes a profit on the courses and on the catering during the lunch break (and donít forget the beer)

The instructors give their time freely but even if we charged it would only put the cost of the course up by £5 to £10 per student.
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Thanks for your detailed reply - you do seem to be a bargain! It's just a pity you're so far away! Undoubtedly, as I said earlier, one can find cheaper courses than the one I attended. In fact I was offered a very good deal on one running on the south coast but I chose to attend a course local to me, thus saving petrol, vehicle wear & tear etc. The course was excellent and I considered it to be good value for money.

Edit: just seen your engine - I guess the saving could pay for a month's RIBbing with that engine!
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