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Old 30 December 2011, 14:12   #1
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Is there any kind of basic safety training that can be done before getting on the water. and no one shoot me for asking.
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Old 30 December 2011, 14:23   #2
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No need for shooting you, great question and the answer is yes and loads of our great trade members I hope will be along shortly to offer Powerboat courses, covering basics through to one to one training. PB2 course I suggest would be a great start point
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What sort of safety training do you want
eg how to drive the boat learn about rules of the road basic navigation
If yes then consider the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course .If you just want basic navigation the the Essential Navigation and Seamanship course could be for you I along with 80 other schools offer this online
I can offer these to you or if the Isle of Wight is to far for the practical courses go on the RYA website
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well to be honest i have no idea what kind of safety training thats why i asked
not really sure whats on offer, how not to drown my arse would be a great start
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I would recommend;

VHF radio course
sea survival course
RYA first aid course

these ate shore based although sea survival is pool based and fun!

The above should hold you in good stead... I have done sea safety talks at local sailing clubs, if you can find s sailing club to join they have a wealth of knowledge too...

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I would recommend;

VHF radio course
sea survival course
RYA first aid course

these ate shore based although sea survival is pool based and fun!

The above should hold you in good stead... I have done sea safety talks at local sailing clubs, if you can find s sailing club to join they have a wealth of knowledge too...

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im glad someone mentioned a radio course, i wasn't planning to go too far from shore and was just going to carry my mobile with me in a small pelicase with some spares.
do i really need a radio ????? its only a small 3.1 sib for now
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I did my PB2 course late September after booking at the boat show. This was in Southampton just under the concrete toll bridge. Well worth the money (180 - discounted for booking at the book show). Only 3 students.

We covered navigation (charts & tide tables), safety equipment, driving(tiller & console, slow & fast), docking, towing, turning round in a tight space, man over board, rules of the road, basic checking before going out, trailer towing. All at a basic level of course but enough to answer your question of

"well to be honest i have no idea what kind of safety training thats why i asked
not really sure whats on offer, how not to drown my arse would be a great start"
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a VHF radio , I would be the first big of electronics I buy for a boat,

I bought my first navico radio, when I was 19 at cost 500 eek - only proof model back in those days... nice big grey radio.


You pic up a good VHF radio for most 150 ...

Rumours go that icom has a new radio being released at London boat show - which will have DSC.

A VHF radio, means

1) other boaters can here you, it's an open system unlike a mobile phone that only 1 person can hear you.

2) Its designed for the environment

3) They can use directional finding to find you.

Mobiles are good, and are handy but personally will not go out on water without my handheld round my neck, and I have fixed radio on boat!

Powetboat 2 covers everything, but not in depth detail, and we recommend you do the other courses to enhance your knowledge.


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whats DSC ??
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Sorry - it's digital selective calling, it adds nice features to the radio.

The main advantage is

the red button when pressed will transmit your time, boat ID and position if connected to gps. to coastguard on pressing of said red button.

It has a lot of neat features but I leave that for another day! since I am posting from iPhone!
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