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Old 09 April 2011, 02:47   #11
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Town: swanwick/hamble
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Get out and use your boat. I know plenty of guys with all the papers and they still can't drive a boat

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Old 09 April 2011, 15:49   #12
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I agree with Kerny and Biffer - go and enjoy your boat!

Experience & hours at the helm are just as valuable (if not more so) than courses for sake of them.

If you want to do a course, ask why do I need / want to do this course and what do I want to get from it. It can be far more valuable facing situations and making decisons without an instructor on hand to overwatch / take final responsibility. Having a certificate in itself doesn't equal high levels of abilty / competance. It means you'have on the day,and with guidance, met a paper standard.

I'm not criticising any training organisation - all I've had contact with have been very professional. All I am saying is doing courses just to do them is not a substitute for getting hours in on your (or someone elses's) boat and cousres should be a means to an end not an end in themselves.

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Old 10 April 2011, 02:06   #13
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The basic training is great, but as others have said go and use your boat. I'm a dive instructor and I've seen loads of people do courses for the sake of doing them just to get a ticket. They still can't dive though!

Go and use the boat and build up your experience. Once you are happy in your local area take it further afield and out in slightly more challenging conditions.
Then once you think "hmm I wish could have gone out today but didn't because of my skills" talk to a instructor about how he/she could've helped you?
Maybe even see about cruising in company. Be sensible, read the very good RYA books on the subject but overall enjoy your boat.
Just my 2p's worth.

Be safe on the sea, and ask lots of questions despite how silly you think they maybe.

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Old 10 April 2011, 06:16   #14
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I got my first RIB about a year ago. I did PB2 and have always planned on doing Advanced. However I've always planned on waiting at least a year to, I don't want to feel like I've just got a ticket rather than the experience to back it up with. Do what others said, get out on the boat. But not just that, get your hands dirty on it as well, I deliberately bought a very basic boat so that I'd have to go and do work on it. Basic bits of servicing, hull repairs, installing equipment, etc. I also bought a knackered old engine off ebay for 30 quid to dissect and play about with, that was good learning as well (til someone nicked it off the drive).

Day Skipper theory is quite good but I wouldn't spend a load of money on it. It gives you a good grounding in the theory side, navigation, etc. Alison Noyce's book is quite good, all the basics and well explained. [EDIT] Ignore that, just read that you've done day skipper.

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