It was a general observation Colin, not a criticism of your post per se. I envy you your easy access to training
& courses. I do not really have the same luxury. I am based in Hobart, Tasmania. Tasmania is an Island about the same size as Scotland
but with a population of less than half a million, so the population just isn't sufficient to maintain a good infrastructure of marine
organisations such as might offer the type of training
you are talking about. There are some courses available through Adult Education, but they tend to be very basic "learn to sail" courses, and the local yacht clubs do offer some courses, but these tend to be more sail-trimming and the like. The local Marine Safety
body does some good courses - use of flares, for example, but they are few and far between. The only really useful course for me that is coming up in the next 6 months is a marine radio
course which will qualify you for an HF radio license
....I am definitely going to be signing up for that one!