SBLJ – The Practical Exam

Probably the single most anxiety producing event of the examinee’s day will be the Practical. You and another examinee, possible two, will be escorted to a boat that you may never have seen before and put through a series of dockside and on the water exercises while the examiner makes little notes on a clipboard. Up until October, 2012 students at the Juku never had access to a boat. However, every student passed the practical based on the Juku essay on that topic!

In late 2012, Capt. Bill was invited to ride along on an exam run. A few weeks later he was offered the opportunity to start renting the JMRA boats to provide training for Juku clients. The JMRA staff ran Capt. Bill through a training session and set up the necessary paperwork to allow him to train you on the water. We plan to rent a boat the weekend before the exam. Those who take the training will share the cost of the boat.

And, there is a 7th essay for The Practical. This 17 page illustrated essay covers all aspects of the practical experience. Advise about your expected behavior is offered. Criteria for acceptable performance is provided. This essay is modified by feedback from former clients. The writer also confers with examiners to improve client performance on this portion of the exam process. ‘The Practical’ essay is available in the store. None of the Juku students who have used the essay have failed the Practical.