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1 Aug 2019

VESSEL LIGHTS – A COMPLETE GUIDE

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When we start taking our boats out we eventually get to the stage where we go out in the dark. That means we are going to see some different vessel lights on the water. This may even come sooner than we intended if we get our planning wrong and arrive late. There are lots of...
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14 May 2019

How Do Lifejackets Work? And How to Wear Them

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Check out this YouTube video. It answers the question,’How do lifejackets work?’.It also shows you how to put one on so you can explain the process neatly in a safety brief. Lifejackets are really important pieces of safety equipment. They are so important to survival that the RNLI run a campaign called ‘useless unless worn’....
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8 May 2019

Powerboat Training Courses – a useful guide

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The RYA Powerboat scheme that we specialise in teaching has a series of logical steps or building blocks to it. However, when you start looking at the powerboat training courses that are available it can sometimes be unclear what you need to do. Here we will explain to you the benefits of doing each course so you can decide how far you want to take your training. You can click on any of the icons on this page and get the specific details of each course we offer.
6 May 2019

How To Use Tidal Curves – watch the video

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This article and video will explain to you what a tidal curve is. It will also guide you through how to use tidal curves. You can then predict the height of the water in the relevant area. Which is really important if we want to avoid running aground. So what are tidal curves? Tidal curves...
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16 Apr 2019

DISTRESS SIGNALS – from the IRPCS and Colregs

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Take a look at the distress signals video for a complete guide. The IRPCS or Colregs detail all the recognised distress signals for shipping. There are 15 recognised signals as well as an additional 2. The additional 2 come from the International Code of Signals search and rescue manual. List of the Distress Signals The...
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1 Apr 2019

VHF MAYDAY CALL

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A VHF Mayday call is a radio call used to summon the emergency services on the water. Or even help from another vessel if they are close by. It’s a way of shouting out to everybody that you need help. You can only make a VHF Mayday when there is ‘grave and imminent danger to...
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24 Mar 2019

Diesel Bug – how to prevent it.

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Diesel bug is a cause of many break downs for both sail and motor yachts alike. In this article I am going to explain what it is. Then, I am going to explain how you can check for it and prevent it. What is Diesel Bug? So what is diesel bug then? Diesel bug is...
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15 Mar 2019

Day Shapes – Guide and Free Download

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The term Day Shapes refers to a series of black geometric shapes that identify vessels as having certain special characteristics. I know what you’re thinking. What the hell does that mean Noel?! Well, boats can need to have extra sea room and be given some extra space by other boats. This could be because they...
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9 Mar 2019

Colregs Sound Signals – Free Download

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Rule 34 – Manoeuvring and Warning Signals This is the only guide to the Colregs sound signals you are ever going to need. On this page we have explanation videos for you as well as easy to understand pictures. BONUS you can get all the info you need with our free download. The IRPCS or...
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6 Mar 2019

Day Skipper IRPCS Revision Sheet

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🆓 Free Download 🆓 Are you ready to take on the Day Skipper IRPCS Revision sheet? This is a tough one so don’t underestimate it. It’s more comprehensive than our Powerboat Revision Sheet as the RYA Day Skipper course is a step up in knowledge. We want to know: What do the buoys mean and...
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