Below is a report on last weekend’s boat work training at Welton Waters just outside Hull. Written by Ray Gray

The training took place on Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September. 5 members attended (4 for the whole weekend and 1 for the Saturday / Sunday)

Friday was very much a training and refresher day for RYA Powerboat level 1 & 2. Part of the morning was spent in the class room but the majority of the time was spent on the lake. The centre was closed for that day so we had the centre to ourselves. This was a chance for us to hone in on our skills in power boat handling and begin looking at safety boat training.
The second day again began with a short class room session and then on to the water again. We had a chance to practice dealing with up turned canoes, kayaks, sailing boats, wind surfers and kite surfers. We practiced man overboard, recovering people on to the boat using different methods and detailed manoeuvring skills.

The last couple of hours of each of these days we were just left with the power boats to practice whatever we felt we needed to brush up on.

On Saturday evening (once everyone had cleaned up and eaten) we surprised the team with a night exercise.

5 members of a sailing trip had gone missing. Two power boats were put at our disposal and following two hours on a very dark lake all casualties were recovered (including one stretcher recovery) and we returned to the centre at around 23.15.

On Sunday we concentrated on different methods of towing a variety of boats and dinghies including a stern to stern tow (completely new one on me).

Over the weekend we stayed at the centre and were made to feel most welcome. We had the use of 4 different types of power boat (Tornado, Dory, Humber and rib) all with varying degrees of power and could use any of the facilities at the centre. Two instructors worked with us over the weekend.
This resulted in 4 members of the team achieving both the RYA level 2 power boat licence, and RYA safety boat qualifications.
1 member of the team achieved level 2 with assistance.
Instructor ticket for 1 person is being renewed.

Our thanks go to Peter Blany (centre manager and one of our instructors) Terry our second instructor and the staff of Welton Waters.

We all had a hard working but fantastic weekend and for those that sadly missed it, you missed a good one.