It has been a busy season so far for the training team.
Allan, Dave, Doug and Laurie ran the first HBSC safety boat course at the beginning of the season. Twelve members improved their PB skills and practiced the particular skills needed for competent safety boat support. More dates will be advertised as several members have expressed an interest in improving their skills.
Under the stewardship of Laurie and with the support of instructors, assistant instructors, shore crew and safety boats teams, the Saturday Sailing improvers group has met weekly since April with the weather only preventing sailing on two occasions. There has been 15+ boats on the water many Saturdays, ranging from sailors who are newly-qualified Level 2's to those with more experience who nonetheless value feedback from an instructor.
Richard and his team of instructors, assistant instructors and safety boat drivers has been training several groups of level 1 and level 2 dingy sailors on Saturday mornings in the club double-handers. We hope to see many of the participants moving into the Saturday Sailing Improvers group and out on the water independently soon.
Allan, Dave and Doug have also been busy with PB 1 & 2 courses. Congratulations to those members and cadets who completed their courses this weekend. The next PB1/PB2 course will run at the beginning of August. If you are interested in learning to drive a powerboat, go to the training page for details of how to sign up. Cadets over the age of 8 may take PB1 and then PB2 at the age of 12.
Clare organised two RYA First Aid courses and 15 people have now updated their first aid skills.
Richard and Dai have run a couple of sessions to train members and cadets on everything one needs to know to run a race. Contact Dai if you would like to join the next evening session on Race Officer training.
Finally, following on from the Assistant Instructor course, Laurie has planned two Dinghy Instructor courses, one in July and one at the end of August.
All senior instructors, instructors, assistant instructors, shore crew and safety boat crews are unpaid volunteers. A huge thank you to everyone who lends a hand to help others learn a new skill or improve an old one.