RYA linked shore based programme, RYA Active Marina practical training
Training Modules in conjunction with PBTUK
This years plans are being finalised and will be published here soon.
Active Marina activity dates have been released for things that are happening at the marina. Click on the RYA Active Marina Button (above right) for full details. The programme, run by Powerboat Training UK, encourages and supports increased skills and safety.
Theory and Practical Training
We have also continued with our training events to help support one of our key strategies, promoting safety and skills in boating. These have been available to members, again in conjunction with Powerboat Training UK* and the RYA’s Active Marina programme (click the RYA Active Marina button above). There have been shore based learning events on various aspects of boating. The ‘on water’ events have enable members to experience the bridges on someone else’s boat with coaching and also close quarter manoeuvring and mooring. These events are free or are offered at a nominal cost.
In the past we have trained people in the following
Sessions covering a broad range of subjects and has allowed plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion on areas that interest you. The sessions have suited all boaters whether owning a large motor cruiser, a mid-sized yacht or a small RIB. As a guide we have intended to cover the following:
Lifejackets – We have shown you exactly how a lifejacket inflates (one of you will be wearing it as we fire it!) and we’ve look at repacking and general service and maintenance.
Flares – how and when to use them. There have been a variety of flares available so we’ve looked at the various types and discussed what is best suited to your boat.
VHF – quick sessions on distress techniques and the general use of the radio and which channels to monitor and use.
Charts & tides – We’ve looked at charts and look at how they can be used to make short trips even easier and more fun. In respect of tides we’ve kept it simple and ensured you are happy with what information you need, how to use it and how tidal information is used together with a chart.
Buoyage & Planning – There has been time for a look at the buoyage you see around the Harbour and elsewhere and we’ve looked to link this to a discussion on planning to look at how you use this sort of information to help you find your way around the harbour and into those areas you want to go but haven’t dared yet.
Passage Planning – brief discussions on what a good passage plan contains, what are the legal requirements and what we’ve recommended for a range of passages.
Pilotage – a comparison of pilotage versus passage planning and a look at a range of techniques for pilotage and open water navigation.
Position fixing – We’ve looked at a variety of techniques for knowing where you are as this links neatly to passage planning. We’ve even had some clever techniques to show you that you may not have seen before!
Radar and depth – We’ve briefly touched on these techniques as aids to navigation and given you a flavor of how they can be used cleverly.
We’ve also ensured there is plenty of time for discussion and the sharing of ideas and techniques.
For further information, to check course dates or to book please contact Ian in The Quay Shop.
*Powerboat Training UK have been based at Cobbs Quay for over 8 years and have a broad range of boating experience from very small powerboats and sailing dinghies to large super yachts. Their approach when running these sessions is to run a fun and informative session where no one feels any pressure to perform and everyone can contribute as much or as little as they want. Please note that neither course is certificated and whilst run by RYA Instructors are not RYA courses.