After reading the thread on the RYA Dayskipper certification, there are clearly different (and significant) differences in standards and levels of education from country to country, so I seek the wisdom of the board.
Obviously the rigors of the RYA program are much more intense (and likely in a very good way) than those on this side of the pond, but what about the difference between Canada (where I live) and the USA? When looking at the curriculums of the CYA compared to ISPA or ASA they all seem to be fairly comparable in content and testing criteria...at least to a newbie.
I realize that ANY course will only be as good as the instructor and what I put into it, but with all things being equal...
- Is there a great advantage to one program over another? I'd certainly consider travelling to the US for the American courses if there good reason.
- Are there other programs I should consider?
- When it comes to (eventually) getting insurance for my (future) boat in Canada would Canadian certifications go further in the eyes of the insurance companies?
My goal in the long term is coastal cruising focused, and I'm currently starting out...green green green...by working through the off-season (read as: didactic-only) offerings of my local Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. Since fall 2007, I've completed their Basic Boating and Safe Navigation, VHF/DSC, and Piloting courses...and fortunately for me, all were with heavily 'sail-oriented' instructors. This summer I would like to get one or two of the 'basic (on the water) certifications' under my belt and then spend as much time on the water as possible...and then...decide on the next course(s) of education and action to take.
Note: Based on the fact that I live in the near-bone-dry foothills of the Cdn Rockies with pretty limited sailing, I already plan to travel to wherever I need to take my courses...but the closer and the warmer the better.
I hope some of your experience can point me in the right direction.
Thanks kindly in advance!!