Over the weekend of October 7-8 six members who have made a commitment to skipper/crew in Safety Boats during club events participated in a Safety Boat Operator Course conducted by Westernport Yacht Club at Balnarring.
The course covered areas such as race course design and where to position your boat on a race course; practice in on-water rescue of dinghies and multi-hulls; how to safely rescue other craft, recover persons from the water, and re-right capsized boats; and an awareness of techniques to support kite surfers and kayaks
As well as taking in theory, the participants spent a good deal of time on the water in Rigid Inflatable Boats very similar to the Safety Boat we are getting with our grant from the San Remo and District Community Bendigo Bank.
As we are about to acquire our new Hansa dinghies for our Sailability and off-the-beach dinghy programs, this course proved to be extremely timely, and all participants found it most informative for themselves, and for facilitating these programs.
We are now very keen to begin – and much better prepared for – our dinghy programs.