BSAC Boat Handling Course
Have fun, build confidence and expand your diving opportunities by enrolling on a BSAC Boat Handling Course .
This course is aimed at people whom have no previous boating experience, also will further the training of more experienced users and will teach you both the theory and practical side on controlling a power boat in confined area i.e. in a marina and at high speed in open water.
You will also have the benefits of understanding charts, tides and the weather, also how to prepare and execute a route passage plan to go to sea.
You will be out and about in boats on both days of this two-day course, which includes a mix of four theory, two dry practical and three open-water practical sessions aboard a RIB. You will learn about the responsibilities of owning, towing and driving a boat, and how to launch and recover it.
With a maximum of three students per instructor in sessions on the water, you will learn how to drive the boat and will have plenty of hands-on time to practise a range of boat manoeuvres to improve your boat-handling skills and safely drop off and recover divers on a dive site.
Practical skills include high-speed driving, slow-speed manoeuvring, anchoring and coming alongside. You will develop your overall seamanship skills, including voyage planning, essential rules of the road and learn the actions to take in an emergency.
This is a great fun and enjoyable course for all.....
Diver Coxswain Assessment
Open to anyone aged over 16 who has completed a BSAC Boat Handling Course or RYA Level 2 and has since logged a minimum of five hours boat-handling, or can demonstrate 20 hours or more of previous boat-handling experience.
We would require a written confirmation from the Diving Officer of the 20 hours Boat Handling experience.
In the Diver Coxswain assessment you will be orally tested on your theory knowledge of boat safety equipment, what to do in an emergency, knots and rules of the road.
You will be practically assessed on your skills covering:
Boat preparation and safety
Boat handling and manoeuvres
Dropping and recovering a shot line
Approaching a shelving shore
Safe drop off and recovery of divers
Emergency actions including man overboard
Boat Handling is a great way to get non-divers involved in the club, especially if they have family members that dive. No diving qualification is necessary to take part.
On completion you can apply for the ICC International Certificate for Operators of Pleasures Craft available via BSAC HQ.
RYA VHF Radio (SRC) Course
(FACE TO FACE)
Course details: The RYA VHF Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels. It is also useful to know what to do if you ever require assistance.
What you will learn: The basics of radio operation, the correct frequencies (channels) to use, distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures, Digital
Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) and Search and Rescue (SART).
Assumed knowledge: None.
• Access to instructors for advice
• RYA SRC course handbook
• Learn from the comfort of your own home
What’s not included:
Your exam: This will be taken within a classroom and must be at a registered RYA school. Your examiner will carry out your exam and if successful, issue you with a licence through the RYA. This can be done with us at Wreckspeditions.