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Old 07 February 2019, 16:00   #1
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Where to do Intermediate

Iím wanting to do my Intermediate PB this year. Problem for me is that I live in the Isle of Man and nobody runs it here. That means either a trip to NI or to GB. Thereís a couple in NI but there seems to be a whole host of centres around Anglesey and the Lleyn peninsula. Obviously the syllabus is standard but has anyone got a centre they can recommend, bearing in mind Iíll have to get the ferry to Liverpool, Heysham or Belfast?
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I also live in Peel but unfortunately I am not a qualified instructor.
However a simple check shows these people offer PB training:

YA Powerboating Ė 7th Wave
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Nov 30, 2011 - The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course introduces the basics of powerboating, boat-handling, safety and seamanship. Skills include close-quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, picking up a mooring, anchoring, towing, collision regulations, man overboard recovery and more.
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Shorebased RYA courses include Competent Crew, Day and Coastal Skipper, First Aid, VHF Short Range Certificate and Diesel Engine Maintenance. For more information, click here. The IOMYC also hosts powerboat training for safety boat volunteers, covering the RYA Powerboat Level 2 and RYA Safety Boat courses.
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Leisure and Recreation. RYA Day Skipper Cert. DURATION: 22 weeks, starts 12th Sept 2018. VENUE: UCM. RYA VHF Radio GMDSS Short Range Cert. DURATION: 3 days, starts 19th Jan 2019. VENUE: UCM. RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Certificate (Theory). DURATION: 22 weeks, starts 10th Sept 2018. VENUE: UCM.
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RYA Training Centre recognised for dinghy sailing, powerboating and shorebased courses all in Port Erin, for adults and kids, families and corporate groups.
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Hi Brian

Itís the Intermediate course Iím after and none of those offer it. I checked again at Douglas yacht club a couple of weeks ago but it seems that it isnít viable for anyone on island. Cheers
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Cant you do a more advanced one than an intermediate one?
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I have just looked up the differences between Intermediate and Advanced and find there is really naff all differences (UNLESS of course you are only 16).

Anyway the Advanced Course is MUCH more fun, heavy weather driving and night driving are the two main differences. And you really need these two under your belt-so go for it.
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I thought that you had to do Intermediate first tbh. Iíd be happy to do the Advanced if I could.
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I would disagree with Brian and say there is quite a difference between intermediate and advanced. I did both (about ten years ago) and certainly benefited from the intermediate which focuses a lot more on navigation. I suppose it depends what your end goal is; I was doing courses for commercial reasons and thus intended to do the advanced exam (which you can do once you've completed the advanced course if you want a commercial endorsement) in order to get a commercial endorsement. The theory side of the advanced exam is the same as yachtmaster coastal so quite advanced when you consider someone's last course might have been level 2.

I certainly think the intermediate is a worth while exercise and good preparation for the advanced course.
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Thanks Tim

Since doing PB2 Iíve done the day skipper theory and got first aid & SRC so Intermediate seemed like the next step. For me itís about doing night passages as well as just getting better and going further. Itís only leisure for me though but Iíd rather do the course.
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I did my Advanced some 10 yrs ago now at plas meni on the straights near Bangor. I couldnt fault the course and the venue.

Probably they still do the intermediate , as has been said before might you consider doing the advanced, which is what I did from a level 2.
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That good, thanks. Iíll give them a call this weekend.
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Iím wanting to do my Intermediate PB this year. Problem for me is that I live in the Isle of Man and nobody runs it here. That means either a trip to NI or to GB. Thereís a couple in NI but there seems to be a whole host of centres around Anglesey and the Lleyn peninsula. Obviously the syllabus is standard but has anyone got a centre they can recommend, bearing in mind Iíll have to get the ferry to Liverpool, Heysham or Belfast?


Hi At Safer Training Sea School based at New Brighton we offer the RYA Powerboat intermediate & RYA Powerboat Advanced followed by Commercial Endorsement if required.
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Try iPowerboat at Ballachulish in Scotland. I did my intermediate with them a few years back, and then subsequently my advanced.

Not only is it a great school with top notch instruction but itís in one of the UKís most beautiful cruising grounds.
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Try iPowerboat at Ballachulish in Scotland. I did my intermediate with them a few years back, and then subsequently my advanced.

Not only is it a great school with top notch instruction but itís in one of the UKís most beautiful cruising grounds.
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Did my advanced and the commercial assessment with them and Ryan has the patience of a saint.
Secondary tidal port calculations....wasn't that fun?
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Did my advanced and the commercial assessment with them and Ryan has the patience of a saint.

Secondary tidal port calculations....wasn't that fun?


You should see the fun you have for Yachtmaster Offshore, courses to steer, loads of secondary ports and blind nav. Oh the joy!
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Just to close this off, I ended up doing the Advanced PB at Safe Water at New Brighton at the beginning of April. Good choice for me. Since itís a commercial shipping channel, the Mersey Approaches has just about everything you need in terms of tides, buoyage, hazards and plenty of different vessel types to check your lights knowledge. Having a pilot at the instructor also helped a lot. Definitely worth doing if you want to do night passages.
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Just to close this off, I ended up doing the Advanced PB at Safe Water at New Brighton at the beginning of April. Good choice for me. Since itís a commercial shipping channel, the Mersey Approaches has just about everything you need in terms of tides, buoyage, hazards and plenty of different vessel types to check your lights knowledge. Having a pilot at the instructor also helped a lot. Definitely worth doing if you want to do night passages.
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