Hi fellow fishers, just wanted to find out what others thought of the current training required in obtaining your skippers ticket ??
I for one think that the training must be improved as it is just not possible to obtain the skills that are reqiured to take command of a vessel and head out into the deep blue after just a couple of days training. I know that cost will no doubt raise its head should I receive any feed back but you only have to look at recent events over the past couple of years to see that it additional traings is long overdue.
Would you let your son or daughter loose on the roads and drive V8 car that was capable of 200kph after a couple of days training. Food for thought.
How many times have we all seen the boat in front leaving from Hillaries, Ocean Reef, Mindarrie etc on the wrong side and speeding out of the 5k zone and they are not even out of of the marina area,also the same on the way back in.
Should the following topics be included and be mandatory, boat and engine maintenance, radio and communication, basic chart reading , and GPS to name but a few.
Unless the course has changed since I obtained my licence (approx 6 years ago) none of the topics mentioned were covered and when I did mine we were assured that no one would fail, you do not get that promise when you do your car licence and even then there are stipulations upon obtaining your driving licence.
Can you imagine the outcome, you obtain you skippers ticked and you are now free to head out on your first excursion with a coule of mates, the weathers not too bad 15k of wind with 1mtr swell. 3 hours into your fishing trip it turns pear shape, its now blowing 25k of wind and the swell is now on 1.5 and heading up to 2mtr swell and you are 20k from port ??. I have the feeling we have a potential rescue on the cards.
You do not get or gain boating experience after a couple of days training.
What are your thoughts.