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The 2022 Powerboating season is just beginning with a number of opportunities to get on the water in Ribs to improve your skills or to learn new ones.

This year we have formal RYA training dates planned for Powerboat 2 (the basic qualification needed to drive club ribs) and Safety Boat Endorsement which will mean you are better prepared to support the on water activities. Current planned weekend dates for these courses are below and the content of each will depend upon demand. Please register your interest early with the office to ensure you reserve a space.

19th / 20th February ( Safety Boat )

5th / 6th March ; 2nd/3rd April & 30th April / 1st May ( PB2)

Additionally, for all adult club members (over 16) or Cadet members already holding PB2 licences we are offering a Rib familiarisation session each Saturday in January and February (subject to weather and availability) from 16th January. The aim of these sessions is to give you more experience of using a club rib as a safety boat for the racing series and any cadet related training sessions. Aimed at any level of experience, but with PB2 as a minimum standard, we will aim to demystify some of the activities you may be asked to carry out supporting club activities from a rib. Typical examples are righting capsized dinghies, towing dinghies, laying racing marks and retrieving them after racing has finished, anchoring and everyone's favourite Man OverBoard (MOB) practice. Please email the office with your interest in this series of sessions, although you do not have to be able to make all sessions (come and go as you please) and confirm you are happy for your email contact details to be shared with our Chief Powerboat Instructor (Tim Blake) so that he can provide more details. If over 16 but do not hold PB2 already please feel free to contact the office and we will provide guidance on possible involvement at these sessions.

Session timings will be determined by the tides on the Sunday (First session 16th Jan is 09.00 Start), please wear suitable warm clothes and make sure you have a buoyancy aid (or life jacket) for this session.

If you are interested in attending then please advise the Office and we will let you know when the details and the kick off session has been arranged.

It is a great opportunity to get involved, learn new skills, meet new people or practice what you already know. Many people use the club ribs but there is always more to learn and we intend to share that knowledge around.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Tim Blake Co-ordinator

Last updated 10:41 on 26 July 2022

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