Originally Posted by BruceB
The intermediate (or safety boat) course is mainly aimed at rescue work, mostly sail.
I would go straight to Advanced unless you are involved with sail as it is likely to be of greater utility to normal rib use.
Bruce...unless I have misread what you mean.....
The RYA safety boat course is not an intermediate course between L2 and Advanced.
It has a specific (and very involved and worthwhile) aim, as you rightly point out, mostly at escort and rescue of/racing sail, windsurfers etc. A great course and loads of fun but by no means intermediate.
About 5 years ago, before the RYA scheme was revised, the safety boat course was seen as a progression between L2 and advanced but only because there was nothing else to fill the gap.
The Intermediate course actually fills that gap between L2 and Advanced and covers skills such as passage planning and day cruising without having to cram too much into a 2 day course (as used to happen with the old advanced courses).
L2...........................Aim..to teach Boat handling and seamanship in
No assumed knowledge
Intermediate.............Aim..to teach powerboating up to the standard
required to complete a short coastal passage by day.
Assumed knowledge....Competent to L2 coastal
Recommended VHF and 1st aid certificate
Advanced..................Aim..to teach boat handling, seamanship, pilotage
and navigation up to the standards required to drive
a planing powerboat safely by day and by night in
tidal coastal waters with which the candidate may
Assumed knowledge...competent to intermediate
skills, thorough knowledge of navigation and
chartwork to the level of Day Skipper shorebased.
Required to hold VHF and 1st aid.
ch5120.....Notwithstanding your credentials (I may even have taught you!) I can thoroughly recommend the intermediate course if only to take the strain off before doing your Advanced and it's a great course too.
Regarding good RYA accredited schools in your area.....just Google RYA POWERBOAT SCHOOL POOLE
you will probably get a few hits ...take yer pick.
Alternatively have a gander at the RYA website, there's a few on there too.
All the best.