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Old 29 April 2005, 11:50   #1
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I have two girls aged 9 & 11 who are both dead keen to do the Level 1 Powerboating course. Just wondering any of your kids have done this course - is it worth it? And if so, should we take them to SWAC which do a special course for kids or is there anyone else there who could do us a good deal - my wife really should do this course aswell, I have done 1, 2 and the Intermediate course and keep on at her.

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Old 29 April 2005, 12:13   #2
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Swac is a very nice centre and very kid orientated, they use small ribs 4metres up to 5.5 probably the nearest and best suited for you . There are of course other schools that run ribs for kids courses UKSA on the Isle of Wight is one that springs to mind then their is Salcombe Powerboat School and Powerboat Training UK (Poole)

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I would really recommend SWAC. One of my friends is a senior instructor there so I can safely safe the quality of tuition is top notch and they certainly try to make things fun too.
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OK Thanks. Will look into it further.
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www.Professional-Powerboat-Training.co.uk T:0845 612 6850

They have a branch in Southamption and I'm sure that if you speak to Jono he will be able to put together exactly what you want and a good deal for you, especially if your wife wants to do PB2 at the same time.

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Don't forget us on your list Tim!!!!

Kids Level 1's are run on the 4m Avon with a 25hp Honda.
Man overboard and a bit of high speed is included as an extra which is not in the L1 syllabuss.
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The advice to go to SWAC for your kids training is very good advice indeed. I am not so sure about Adult powerboat training there, but they are very well set up for kids. They are council owned so the instructors would have been on all the proper courses to ensure the welfare of your children.

I am an instructor myself and I really enjoy teaching kids (cos essentially I am childish myself) but wouldn't hesitate to recommend SWAC instead of myself!
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Kids Level 1's are run on the 4m Avon with a 25hp Honda.
Man overboard and a bit of high speed is included as an extra which is not in the L1 syllabuss.
Oopps Sorry Dave mental note of who does ribs for kids you are now on the list.

RJH check all the schools mentioned one factor that should help you decide is the size of the ribs they will be using . I don't teach the little beggars because my rib 6.9 and 150hp is too big for running these type of courses. Daves 4 m with a 25hp on the back is ideal . Another thing to consider as someone else mentioned is all the relevant police checks carried out to make sure they are suitable to work with children.I still think Swac will be te best place for you unless you want to combine it with a trip to the West Country
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Oopps Sorry Dave mental note of who does ribs for kids you are now on the list.

RJH check all the schools mentioned one factor that should help you decide is the size of the ribs they will be using . I don't teach the little beggars because my rib 6.9 and 150hp is too big for running these type of courses. Daves 4 m with a 25hp on the back is ideal . Another thing to consider as someone else mentioned is all the relevant police checks carried out to make sure they are suitable to work with children.I still think Swac will be te best place for you unless you want to combine it with a trip to the West Country

Thanks Tim. Sounds like good advice. One other thing you or any others may be able to help us on is, having given it some thought, my wife would quite like to do the Level 2 but preferably in the company of other ladies. Anyone ever come across such courses?

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