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Old 08 November 2002, 04:42   #11
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air is what you need...
Plenty of hot air from us SIBsters
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Old 08 November 2002, 05:11   #12
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and a small floating anchor (if you're out at sea),
Is that a bit like an inflatable anchor
Always a good one to make course candidates think.
I assume you mean a sea / drogue
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Yes this is what I mean ....... and forgot a pair of oars
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Manos, yeah I know that they need to be waterproof

As for the training, I've done the BSAC Boat Handling course (covers Powerboat level 2) and am working up to doing the Diver Cox exam (certifies you at Powerboat level 2 plus a few dive boat related things), so training isn't a problem.

I'll definately look into an anchor, as I'll be hoping to use the SIB as a platform for some freediving and snorkelling, possibly even a few dives with scuba kit when on holiday.

As for HH VHF, what sort of price am I going to be looking at for a suitable unit? Also does anyone have any recommendations for make/model? VHF I'll definately need in case of emergency, and also for communicating with others whilst I'm out, maybe the dive club's RIB if I go out around the same area with them.

As I've said previously, already got life jacket sorted, and the drysuit adds to the bouyancy anyway.

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Hi Narked

VHF go for a HH IWP COM. I use those for a number of years and they have never failed me.
DO NOT go for the cheap type. You need one that has a long lasting bat, rigid and with proven track record.
I recommend a HH WP ICOM. What type?? There are many. Thry to find what suits your pocket.
Re certification, the BSAC cources are good (I dive too - I'm a BSAC Diver) but they do not give you an ICC. You need an ICC if you go to Europe.
Contact the RYA and ask them if you are excempt from the tests for an ICC and if you are tehn ask them to get an ICC. If not take the test which is VERY SIMPLE
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Here's a good tip, Cactus are having an end of season sale. REAL bargains to be had here.
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Talking of anchors for SIBs take a look at this thread:
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Ta for the advice. Those folding anchors look quite good Keith, and not exactly expensive either. And now I am 1/4 of the way to having the 200 I need to buy the SIB, so another 2 months pocket money will do it! Time to go searching for a job I think, need money for an outboard too!

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Old 08 November 2002, 10:06   #19
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I have some real concerns about "advice" which suggests that you should not be prepared for trips on the water.
I too can swim,but would not venture on to the water without a buoyanvy aid as the very minimum protection. I agree that flling into the water unconscious is not likely, but then again many things that are not likely, happen. It only takes on "happen" and in the wrong circumstances the next step is the coroners court....oh that is after the post mortem, funeral and enquiry. Take my point.
The RYA sylabus, of which I am a teacher at tiimes, gives a list of items to take. Some time ago on this forum "we" put together a list of items to take.
One recent accident on our local river, a tidal estuary, will prove a point. Two people on their way from shore to sailing craft, bith tip in the water, travel 5 miles downstream befor being picked up, lucky they were too.....and guess what saved them........you got it LIFEJACKETS/BUOYANCY AIDS.

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Dave (and others), chill out!

If you read what I'm saying, I'm not saying don't use a life jacket (in fact they were the first safety item I mentioned!) - I'm saying that in my personal opinion, for a strong swimmer there are situations (river only) where a life jacket doesn't add much safety value. And I mean non-tidal. The example of the two people carried five miles out shows how important a life jacket is in tidal waters. And the example of Chris Evans' skipper who lost his life only adjacent to the Bramble Bank is a tragic worst case scenario. If he'd been wearing a life jacket, chances are he may have survived.
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