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Old 04 May 2015, 05:31   #11
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we teach 8 year olds at out youth training events and the RYA honda youth rib challenge has age group 8 - 12 ...

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Old 05 May 2015, 06:07   #12
Country: UK - England
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I had a small Flatacraft force 3 with a 25hp I used to take out unsupervised from 6 years old, my dad made a restrictor on the throttle so it would only go part throttle but looking back (and now having a 4 year old and 2 year old myself) I think he was nuts! However at 13 I could bring back our 33ft flybridge into our marina berth with no bow thrusters on calm days so I guess it helps to start off young, as mentioned earlier he always wanted me to handle a boat in case there was an issue onboard and I had to get us home.

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Old 05 May 2015, 19:37   #13
Country: Australia
Town: Dalmeny
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My daughter did her boat licence at 12 which is the youngest allowed here in Aus, she's now 14 and can handle offshore and bar crossings with confidence. Driving the boat back onto the trailer is a ramp dependant.

I personally think most kids don't see danger as we do when we get older so Im still reluctant to let her head offshore with a bunch of mates. If we have a cranky mako, or great white around the boat she's the first to want to get in
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Old 06 May 2015, 04:10   #14
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Makos et al are not problems we suffer from in the West of Ireland.

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