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Old 04 May 2011, 15:15   #1
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RYA training, N Wales, recommendations?

Hi,

I'm just getting into Ribbing and want to have some training before I look at buying. I am looking for an RYA Powerboat Certificate 1&2 Course in North Wales or the Wirral.

Has anyone got any experience with any of the training organisations and any recommendations?

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Old 04 May 2011, 15:18   #2
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Did my l2 with a guy called Jono in Pwllheli. Can't remember the school's name but he owns it. Great guy and very good selection of different ribs so you get to use a little shallow v one and a big deep v one so you can feel the difference for yourself. Small school so he basically has a day or two and he will tailor it as the class wants - nav, rescue, local knowledge etc.

Otherwise Plas Menai is of course quite good - much bigger centre though so it will be less tailored. Not sure if it might veer towards sailing a bit? Can't say as haven't done a powerboat course there.
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Old 05 May 2011, 00:59   #4
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Hi there

Ive just done a level 2 with a guy from North Wales and would really recommend him. He has just set up a company called Waterwise Marine Training but prior to that was teaching for a few different schools.

I dont think his website is up and running yet, but his no is 07877 980243 - David Williams is his name. He was really helpful and full of lots of useful background information.

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Dave's also with this company now www.seawake.co.uk they train you on a Rib Eye with a 300hp on it, a nice bit of kit for running up and down the swellies....
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Plas Menai - North Wales

We trained at this centre which is excellent and reasonably priced. You can stay there of you want too. They have a selection of boats that you use from small and slow to big and fast, so it gives you experience in lots of different boats rather than just one - a distinct advantage.
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Did my l2 with a guy called Jono in Pwllheli. Can't remember the school's name but he owns it. Great guy and very good selection of different ribs so you get to use a little shallow v one and a big deep v one so you can feel the difference for yourself. Small school so he basically has a day or two and he will tailor it as the class wants - nav, rescue, local knowledge etc.

Otherwise Plas Menai is of course quite good - much bigger centre though so it will be less tailored. Not sure if it might veer towards sailing a bit? Can't say as haven't done a powerboat course there.
+1 for Jono.
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Plenty of cheap B and B's to stop at also.
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Hi there

Ive just done a level 2 with a guy from North Wales and would really recommend him. He has just set up a company called Waterwise Marine Training but prior to that was teaching for a few different schools.

I dont think his website is up and running yet, but his no is 07877 980243 - David Williams is his name. He was really helpful and full of lots of useful background information.

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+ 1 for Dave you will get a great course with him.
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+ 1 for Dave you will get a great course with him.
+2 for dave williams of Waterwise Marine Training, i did training with him when he used to be a cheif instructor before he set up his own company and he was brilliant, you will receive a welth of information, including all of the tips and tricks of the trade.

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Old 05 May 2011, 15:24   #10
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Safe water training,bottom of victoria road,new brighton,do your v.h.f.course there aswell,no need for a b+b,there and back in less than an hour each way from shrewsbury,pwhellei 2 and a half hours each way,did mine there years ago,good lads.
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Old 05 May 2011, 15:30   #11
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That Dave isnt Ged He is currently running a 15m aluminium, jet drive cat and getting back to do the occasional course. Too many Daves! You going to IoM in June again?
as you said tooo many Daves the real 'Dave Manning' is coming out with me the week after next to help me deliver 'The Full Morty' and fit an engine in Corfu.I am building another rib now which should be ready for the Isle of Man
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mind the albanians dont swim in and then knick ya boat to go back home in-major problem according to clients we have out there. But you'll know more what's happening there than moi. Are you sure the greeks are ready for a manning arriving on their shores
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Kinnel-there be a Brandy shortage in Corfu shortly
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Thanks for all the useful replies, obviously a very active forum!

I imagine if/when I can afford a RIB it will be the wrong side of 6m, so I'd quite like to experience and training on something that size rather than a bigger beast.

The Wallasey one seems like a good option for distance - not least because I have family within 200m of Victoria Road. But happy to travel and make a weekend of it if necessary.

Any more advice?
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Thanks for all the useful replies, obviously a very active forum!

I imagine if/when I can afford a RIB it will be the wrong side of 6m, so I'd quite like to experience and training on something that size rather than a bigger beast.

The Wallasey one seems like a good option for distance - not least because I have family within 200m of Victoria Road. But happy to travel and make a weekend of it if necessary.

Any more advice?
You are prob only 15 miles from us (knockin) most sundays,7a.m.ish,normally rustle a crew up on the White Lion car park and head for phwellei for the day,p.m. us your mobile and will let you know when there is some spare seats available,we normally dive for scallops,bit of fishing,razz in the ringoes and finish off with a barby,end up back at the White Lion,Llyncls some 12 hours later,chip in towards the juice you and a mate can come and have a taster till you get your own tubes.
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Only just seen this request thread. I strongly recommend Dave Williams (Waterwise Marine Training, tel 07877 980 243.) He instructed me and my colleagues some time ago, very helpful. I've recently spoke to him about a VHF course. Top bloke.
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