Originally Posted by goboatingnow
I am not talking about professional qualifications for commercial
operation. I am talking about
people doing courses to advance their learning
in what is a hobby.
This would include the likes of RYA , ASA
and others " certification
I think your disagreement has to do with the way you are using the therm qualification. You are use it with the same meaning as certification
and that is not correct even if many people confuse the meanings of the two words.
Being qualified too means having the necessary skills, knowledge and training to perform a given function or task adequately and safely, in this case, sailing and navigation
If for doing leisure sailing and navigation
there is the need or a mandatory qualification and the correspondent mandatory certification (licence) is an altogether different matter. It is also a different matter to know if someone having a non mandatory school
qualification course has any advantages to submit himself to an examination to get a certification.
In this case my opinion is that the examination that lead to the certification is an adequate way to control if really one has dominated or not the needed skills, Knowledge and experience for that qualification and more then for anything else it should be important to the sailor that is qualifying himself. That represents not his opinion regarding having reached the designated standards of proficiency but an outside and more knowledgeable opinion regarding that.
The need to have a mandatory certification and licence to perform a given activity has nothing to do with it being done professionally or as an hobby but with the social need to regulate social life and activity in a safe and responsible way to all.
Regarding the need of a mandatory certificate or a licence for recreational sailing most countries find it necessary, others not but that has nothing to do if qualifications are useful for sailing or not.
Asking if qualifications are useful for sailing is the same to ask if someone having the skills, knowledge and experience to do it well and safely is useful for sailing. The qualifications can be certified or not. Again, a completely different subject.