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Old 26 September 2008, 19:35   #11
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Had a quick chat with Hugo at rib int today just to register my interest. Theres been no interest over the summer as you would expect but they are hoping to run a course "early winter". So far its just me and 1 other person interested and they need minimum 4 people. The ad is being run in the next issue of the mag but I thought I would mention it here as well, the sooner we get some more people signed up the sooner I can go!

If anybody is interested they should get in touch with Hugo or even pm me and I'll pass your details on
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Old 29 September 2008, 15:06   #12
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For those that have asked for more info:

The course is run over 5 days out of Stonehaven, north east Scotland, and includes daylight and darkness operations in all sea states. (Don't blame me for the comma followed by "and", I'm just copying out of the mag!)


Course price 1500 plus VAT 5% discount for Rib int subscribers

The training craft are two 8.75m Ribs, one twin petrol outboards, one twin inboard diesel/water jets.

Would take me all night to copy the lot (I don't type for a living!) but a couple of interesting elements of the course:

Open water and adverse sea state handling
Surf zone operations
Working alongside underway vessels
Transfer of personnel to other vessels
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Old 30 September 2008, 18:42   #13
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We can teach 1,3 & 4 here in the solent (circumference of IOW) - however - as before = what do you wantto achieve?.....other than some more advanced handling.........

Big Rib - Big Sea course day/night - no problem to teach here - if your after tactical large rib driving with heaps of actual scenario based elements either in your own rib or a large rib similar to yours then advise your aspirations?

Driving ribs in rough - good vis - is no real drama's
Driving ribs in Low Viz - planing - to a rendevous and remaining confident of your position and always having an escape plan is slightly different.....
Driving ribs at night in low viz with limited fuel and a critical rendevous tends to concentrate the mind
Driving ribs at night in low viz with heavy workload, critical fuel and urgent rendevous and then equipment failure = brain overload..... but provides confidence in abilities for general leisure / commercial use and tends to ensure said rib driver is comfortable with known equipment and known vessels capabilities..........

What do you want to achieve from the ultimate course you take?
is it personal achievment?, is it a certificate to add to the collection? is it a desire to explore beyond your current comfort levels, is it a desire to know your personal and crafts limits?

Driving someone elses 10m rib in waters that appear horrendous to you but common fun for them does not always help unless you own the same boat????

As with all courses tho - its personal preference and value that you place on the experience that counts.......not the course and craft operated.... so if you feel it sounds like fun and eduational then go for it....! if you want a course that matches your boat profile and aspirations then interoogate further to confirm its the right course to go and spend your dosh on....!!

Either way....... enjoy and communicate to the rest of us....

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Old 01 October 2008, 03:25   #14
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good comments from Nikster
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