PSJ’s McArdle earns Yamaha certification

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

The exam included a written test that had to be completed within an hour-and-a-half followed by six practical application stations that had to be completed in 30-minutes each.

The five students who took the exam were under the gun and it didn’t make McArdle feel any better when two of his classmates failed the written test and were sent home.

As McArdle worked through his practical exams, another classmate was escorted from the room and upon completing his fifth station he was called into the hallway by his instructor.

McArdle feared that he’d done something incorrectly on a previous station and reached the end of the line, but his instructor informed him that he’d performed flawlessly on the first five stations and it was unnecessary for him to complete the sixth.

“I was relieved,” said McArdle, who had beaten the odds and passed the exam on his first attempt. “It’s not a ‘gimme.’ You have to be on your A-game.”

He received a plaque commemorating his certification which now hangs proudly in the Marina shop. Odum celebrated having the only master tech outside of Destin and Tallahassee.

“His work ethic is incredible,” said Odum of McArdle. “He won’t let the motor beat him. When other guys give up, he won’t.”

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