Originally Posted by Cookee
I'm guessing you are a formal organisation of some sort? Club or even International racing is run entirely by volunteers and if we get any more H and S we won't have any racing, simple as that!
We are a charity providing safety cover to event organisers on a not for profit basis.
I agree that H+S regulations needs to be implemented proportionately but if you're not careful you run the risk of being in trouble with a powerboat level 2 ticket holder alongside with one person on board, who has no idea how to help you. In that case are they any use??
Getting volunteers to RYA Safety Boat standard and with some experience under their belt isn't hard. In my experience I have found that volunteers will come forward to help if the opportunity to get training and experiences are available. Most sailing clubs run powerboat and safety boat courses during winter months so they have enough safety cover in the spring.
Volunteering in Powerboat racing does not seem very developed as sailing currently is. For example most RYA sailing events have online sign up systems for volunteers and if they run short of volunteers there are email lists and contacts to fall back on.
I'm not sure why this hasn't happened with PB racing as it would be a good initiative to get started!