Originally Posted by jezza2011
Hi Just dug out my old BSAC diver qualification book as I wanted to check out my Boat handeling courses.
Looking at them I have...
BSAC Boat Handeler wich I was lead to belive at the time was equivalant to RYA level 1 and 2 Power boat.
It covered everthing I can see is set out in the RYA levels 1 and 2.
Is this correct and how would I get my equivalent RYA certs.? can they just be issued on proof of the BSAC ones?
Also I did the RYA Club Rescue Cox I have the RYA cert for that one but is that similar to ADV powerboat?
It states on the cert its LEVEL 3.
Or do I have to do the whole lot again.. Grrrrr.
BSAC Boat Handling and RYA Powerboat Level 2 are essentially the same in content. However unlike the diving bodies the RYA are not prepared to simply sell you a certificate because you have an equivalent one provided by a competitor.
If you want the RYA Powerboat Level 2 you can go for a short direct assessment or as already suggested you can move onto the RYA Advanced.
The old Club Rescue Cox (level 3) was combined withe the old Fleet Rescue Cox'n (Level 4) in about 1996 and became the RYA safety boat course. Effectively the old Level 3 is half of the current Safety boat Award. It bears no resemblance to the Advanced Course.
However a pre requisite of the level 3 is that you hold the Level 2. The school who gave you the Level 3 should therefore have been able to give you the Level 2 as they had satisfied themselves you were of Level 2 standard. It is of course so long ago now that they would more than likely want to see you on the water again.
If you are going commercial then the Level 2 will restrict you to 3NM from a nominated point of departure (assuming coded boat at sea) so it sounds like the Advanced CoC is the route for you.
Give me a call in the office if you would like me to talk you through it. 02380 231122