Originally Posted by codprawn
Thanks Cookee - I WILL go down the correct route but I still think it highly unlikey that every you boat you see in an advert or whatever is coded.
If someone takes some film of some jetskiers in action and then sells it and gives them some cash are they breaking the law as well???
It saddens me that common sense is so over ridden with rules - basically it means that I could take a week long course and then be deemed SAFER than someone like Steve Curtis because I have more bits of paper than him!!! BONKERS!!!
I see the same in the climbing world - people who have perhaps 20 yrs experience climbing in the Alps and even Himalayas not being allowed to lead some venture scouts because they aren't qualified - then people's kids are allowed to go off with some idiot who has done a 6 day course for £190.
Well sorry to contradict you, but that is completely the wrong way to talk about subjects like this - if I may say so you are missing the point entirely!
Qualifications do not guarantee that one person is safer than another, unqualified person, but when you hire someone for a job, do you look at just thier qualifications? The alternative is to deregulate everything and have a free for all! Surely you would not subscribe to that view? If joe Blogs who has meen climbing for donkeys wants to take kids, then it's only going to cost him £190 and 6 days and he can!
As far as film wirk is concerned, the "Action" or as they are called in the trade "Hero" boats do not always need to be coded, but the safety, logistics and camera boats definitely do need to be coded and fully insured for the purpose. When I wrote my reply to you I was answering your question, and not commenting on the business as a whole, so try not to make assumptions - it can lead to confusion!
By the way, if Steve Curtis can throttle a Class 1 boat (he doesn't have anything to do with the steering wheel!) to a World Championship, does that mean that he knows how to get into a life raft? Does that mean he has an up to date first aid certificate? Does that mean he knows and has practised picking up people from the water who have fallen overboard? I could go on, but I hope you've got the point by now ......... I happen to have met Steve on a number of occasions, and I suspect he might be very good at all of the above, but unless he's done the courses, then he can't prove it!
Just for the record - I agree with your last paragraph - I used to be a ski instructor and guide and it is down to the employers to insist on more than a piece of paper before handing peoples (especially children) over to a "qualified person"