I thought it might be worth writing a few words about my day doing a direct assessment PB2 with Steve from Tec Rec.
There are 2 types of teachers in the world - those who teach you enough to pass the exam and those who teach you to be the best they can possibly get you to be. I had the latter when I did my driving test many years ago which made the driving test a breeze and Steve is cut from the same cloth.
Steve's knowledge is expansive, not just of Ribs & boating, but also of methods & techniques to effectively teach people too.
I expected a day where pretty much I just would show I know the front end of the boat from the back, but instead it was actually pretty full on, right until the end. I liked that - an important thing about the sea is to never assume you know it all and always keep learning, so even though I've spent most of my life on or around the water - I still learnt some interesting bits. And it was just nice to be out on the water too.
Most notable was I'd either forgotten, or never knew, how to map out the tide heights using the tide table and a chart before and after high water. And also, mostly because I'd never looked, that southampton has a double high tide!
Anyway, all in all an interesting and useful day - whether you're looking for a refresher in any subject (he teaches many, check the website) or starting from scratch. We also managed to get virtually the first nice weather day of the year. Bonza!