Originally Posted by Anchorhandler
I'm quite convinced that its just scaremongering by people convinced that mandatory training is not required.
A few month ago both myself and fellow Rib.net member Tonto were involved in quite a spirited discussion on the subject of mandatory regulation. We both spend a very large percentage of the year on the water and can see better than most the issues caused by a lack of training.
Although i'm not in favour of a mandatory KC regulation i am and have been for some time now in favour of a mandatory minimum safety certificate which would need to be gained before anyone wishes to own a boat.
I would like to see it administered by the MCGA (Not the RYA) requireing only a day's classroom training but concentrating on basic safety at sea.
Sadly, from where i sit and with my viewpoint of the boating community, i believe we're losing the battle in trying to maintain or promote a safe boating mentality.
"Education not Legislation"?? OK, but i fear that more and more nowadays, people are needing a gently regulatory "nudge" in order to get educated.
Well said Simon.
I am not advocating a law on the wearing of a KC.
I absolutely believe there is a requirement for some form of compulsory basic training, and not only by the RYA, it could be offered by a number of training centers, or individuals, if MCA approved.
As for the comments that the vendors of boats should ensure the person buying the vessel has the correct training/instruction, that is going to be a no go. If I sell my rib privately, and the buyer then goes out and has an accident he is likely to say I did not train him properly, or check his training/qualifications...... not a good way to go.
With Compulsory basic traing, you have by default licensing.
There are a number of comments that say that traffic laws and traing do not stop deaths on roads, WHAT A LOAD OF TOSH! Imagine the carnage on the roads if there was no laws, or training at all!
The training and laws REDUCE the deaths, and accidents, but cannot eliminate them.
I have spent a fair amount of time in the Far East, where training and enforcement of traffic laws are pretty informal, and they have horrendous death rates on the roads.
Traing, and education are the way to go, as well as experience, but in order for people to gain experience with some degree of safety, then training is needed.
A large number of members on here have already expressed that they have training, and most members on here are in agreement that KC should be worn, but there are thousands of small boat owners who are not members, and these are the ones we need to be targeting.
I hear the expression "Ebay boaters" or "Ebay specials" these are the people that need the education. If they need training before buying a boat, it might make things safer for other users.
I personally dont care if someone want to go out and kill themselves, BUT, when others are involved, as they always are, then you cannot just let people go out in a hostile and dangerous environment without some form of training.