The RYA Scotland Powerboating Committee ran their first youth powerboat training day on Sunday 21st October 2012 at South Queensferry.
The training day took place at Longcraig Scout Centre who provided four of the boats used for the activity. In total 15 youngsters attended the training day and had a fantastic day learning new skills from the six instructors who were directing the training.
The aim of the youth powerboat training day was to enable youngsters aged between 8 and 16, who normally don’t get a chance to use a powerboat, to experience the thrills of powerboating. Conditions were perfect for the youngsters who enjoyed lots of sunshine, no wind and no waves. During the day they learned all about powerboat driving, man over boat drills as well as boat control and awareness.
“The RYA Scotland Powerboat Committee is striving to make powerboating accessible to all people, whatever their background. Events like these help us show people how much fun powerboating can be and hopefully they take this experience back to their club committee and with our support can run a youth event at club level” said Scott Roberts, Chair of the RYA Scotland Powerboating Committee.
There was a great mix of sailors there on the day ranging from competent to those who had never sailed before which is exactly what the organisers were looking for. When the sailors were asked for their thoughts about the training event instructors were met with happy, smiley faces and “excellent” or “brilliant”. What more can you want at the end of the day?
This event is only possible due to the support of the Longcraig Scout Centre staff. Big thanks also go to the shorebased staff that provided lunch and excellent logistical support.
If you would like to find out more about powerboating activities run by RYA Scotland then please visit the powerboating committee page.
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