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Old 31 May 2007, 09:16   #1
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RYA Level 1 for girlfriend

I'm going to be travelling along the South coast in about a months time (by car not boat sadly ) and I'd like my girlfriend to have some tuition in driving the boat if she should ever need to. I'm also hoping it will give her some confidence to take the helm occasionally when we're out and about.

Can anyone recommend a good sea school to use, and give some advice about what course would suit. I'm assuming level 1 would be most appropriate, although she does have some experience from having been on board for the last 1,000 miles or so, and is competent at grabbing the mooring/pontoon and tying bowlines etc.

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If she has some experience a Level II would be better I think, there are lots of good instructors on this site and will be forming an orderly que for your custom.
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I'm going to be travelling along the South coast in about a months time (by car not boat sadly ) and I'd like my girlfriend to have some tuition in driving the boat if she should ever need to. I'm also hoping it will give her some confidence to take the helm occasionally when we're out and about.

Can anyone recommend a good sea school to use, and give some advice about what course would suit. I'm assuming level 1 would be most appropriate, although she does have some experience from having been on board for the last 1,000 miles or so, and is competent at grabbing the mooring/pontoon and tying bowlines etc.

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Hi Keith

Freshly completed my Powerboat level 2 (I didn't do Level 1 as this is all covered in level 2).

To be honest, I wouldn't bother with Level 1. In our Class you were limited to a maximum of 3 students to one tutor, and we had a mixture of ages from 14 to middle 60's. One lady on the course who was particularly nervous not only about boats but the water and the weather, loved the course and thought it was fabulous and was completely hooked.

I loved it and feel that it was just a starting block on the route to learning about how to handle a rib but I feel better prepared. Also this certificate provides you with the ability to apply for an International Certificate of Competence - which really is a laugh as you have only had two days experience!

I did my course with Cobnor Activities in Chichester harbour which gave a great scope for the harbour and outer harbour activities.

The only problem you may have is finding a school that will be doing the courses next month. I've booked my man onto the next one at Cobnor but that isn't until September. If you have a few hours to spend, you could look at the RYA website to find a suitable location.

Reallly good idea though. Mind you, you might find that you spend all your time arguing over who is driving the RIB!!!

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If she has some experience a Level II would be better I think, there are lots of good instructors on this site and will be forming an orderly que for your custom.
Yep, and there's no need for any offers of 'personal' tuition from lecherous old ribsters
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Yep, and there's no need for any offers of 'personal' tuition from lecherous old ribsters
Bugger!!!

I would echo what Sarah says about going straight to level 2
I used Calshot Activities Ctr (some years back) who were very good.
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Yep, and there's no need for any offers of 'personal' tuition from lecherous old ribsters



There are some young ones too!
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There are some young ones too!

give Jimbo a PM on here, hes a young one, (well nearly). He does very good courses, and would deffo give him a shout.

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Can anyone recommend a good sea school to use, and give some advice about what course would suit. I'm assuming level 1 would be most appropriate, although she does have some experience from having been on board for the last 1,000 miles or so,
Aquapower Yarmouth (Dave Robson; positive, encouraging and CALM!!!

Dave Manning on here is also highly recommended (Southampton)

Tim Griffin in Cowes is very experienced. Jimbo has already been mentioned.

PB 1 & 2 are worth doing at the very least.

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I second Jimbo's course; I did my level 2 with him and it was very good.
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I would try giving Dave Manning or Stuart a call from www.1stwaveribs.co.uk they are really good and do courses out of Drivers Wharf in Southampton

Stuart did our course and I really rate his training style.

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Another big hand up for Jimbo!

He and I did our VHF instructors together and can vouche for his skills as a teacher.

Sarah Might be worth you giving Jimbo a shout to she if he can fit "your man in" as it were before Sept.

You might want to try Simon Hawkins on here, word has it that he is not to shabby either

Failing that you have Jon and his "dad" at Mendez Marine.

If you were all over my way I would offer my services but sadly your not.

Hope that does not add to the confusion too much for you both.

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Another big hand up for Jimbo!

He and I did our VHF instructors together and can vouche for his skills as a teacher.

Sarah Might be worth you giving Jimbo a shout to she if he can fit "your man in" as it were before Sept.

You might want to try Simon Hawkins on here, word has it that he is not to shabby either

Failing that you have Jon and his "dad" at Mendez Marine.

If you were all over my way I would offer my services but sadly your not.

Hope that does not add to the confusion too much for you both.

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Thanks Jon

I'll have a chat with 'my man' and see if he wants to be fitted in before Sept - as it were... ;o)
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Thanks for all the reccomendations. I'll have a look at the various websites.

All I'll have to do then is try and persuade the other half that it's gonna be a 2 day course so that's one day less in the shops
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Thanks for all the reccomendations. I'll have a look at the various websites.

All I'll have to do then is try and persuade the other half that it's gonna be a 2 day course so that's one day less in the shops
However, you might need an 'extra day' in the shops to get kitted out - new shoes, new wet weather gear, new outfit, change of clothes at the end of the training, acceptance certificate clothes, handbag - luggage to put all this stuff in - trust me - she'll love it!!! Your bank balance might not though... ;o)
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I'm going to be travelling along the South coast in about a months time (by car not boat sadly ) and I'd like my girlfriend to have some tuition in driving the boat if she should ever need to. I'm also hoping it will give her some confidence to take the helm occasionally when we're out and about.

Can anyone recommend a good sea school to use, and give some advice about what course would suit. I'm assuming level 1 would be most appropriate, although she does have some experience from having been on board for the last 1,000 miles or so, and is competent at grabbing the mooring/pontoon and tying bowlines etc.

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why not teach her yourself, i would suspect she already knows alot with her experience
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why not teach her yourself, i would suspect she already knows alot with her experience
If you wanted to do that then these two books are very good as a tuition aid and the Powerboat Logbook from the RYA gives you the syllabus

http://www.bookharbour.com/epages/St...oducts/SLG0399

http://www.bookharbour.com/epages/St...oducts/RYA0330

http://www.bookharbour.com/epages/St...oducts/RYA0400
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Thanks Mr Wave, I'll be contacting you soon. Best she is taught by someone properly qualified. I don't want any domestics over it, so better if I'm not involved whilst she's being taught and encouraged.
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You are wasting your time mate, just staple a steering wheel tothe left side like Marge Simpson and then give her a whistle to blow if she is in trouble, then hope for the best!!!!!
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Well, thanks to Stuart and Stewart at the Uk Ribcentre in Lymington, she is now a convert

Even after two days of on/off rain and fairly strong winds during the course, she can't wait to get back out on the water to show me what she's learnt. Can't ask for more than that really.
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Well, thanks to Stuart and Stewart at the Uk Ribcentre in Lymington, she is now a convert

Even after two days of on/off rain and fairly strong winds during the course, she can't wait to get back out on the water to show me what she's learnt. Can't ask for more than that really.
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