SailCork have been teaching juniors afloat since the mid 1970's and pioneered the Powerboat Scheme in Ireland. It was no surprise to the maritime community when Eddie English and his crew were the first powerboat school in Ireland to develop a special scheme especially for juniors. The Junior Powerboat Course provides a practical introduction to boat handling skills in open power driven craft. We offer two different levels for juniors - beginner and improver. These courses are specially designed for juniors by our team of experienced powerboat instructors. Pupils learn how to be a useful crew in a powerboat and move on to develop skills necessary to drive a powerboat - learning that safety is no.1 !
|Boat||6.5m Excalibur RIB 120hp Mercruiser inboard diesel engine, 5.5 m Humber RIB 90hp Honda four stroke engine, 4m Narwhal RIB 15hp Honda four stroke engine.|
|Length of Course||2 days|
|Objective||Be able to use a powerboat confidently and safely under the supervision of a compentent adult. Be a useful crew in a powerboat and able to participate fully in family trips or a RIB or other powerboat.|
|Location||SailCork's base at East Ferry in Cork Harbour. Full facilities including a chartroom for briefings, changing rooms and easy access to the water for dinghies. We also run these courses in Baltimore, Crookhaven and Crosshaven during the summer.|
|Equipment Included||Buoyancy aids available and wetsuits available for hire if required.|
|What to bring||Your personal powerboating gear, suitable for powerboating in all conditions. Note that it can be cold on a powerboat, due to the effect of wind at high speed (bring one layer more than think you need!). Buoyancy aid. Notebook and pen.|
|Meals||Bring a packed lunch and healthy snack and drink for mid morning.|
1. Launch and recovery. 2. Preparation of boat and crew 3. Paddling and rowing. 4. Boat handling - starting stopping steering. 5. Leaving shore or a marina and coming alongside a marina, pier or boat. 5. Being towed - preparing and actions during a tow. 6. Safety - avoiding problems, how to cope in adverse conditions, calling for help.
Our rowing club is going very well and all Eddie's training last year has proved very useful, including at our Nationals where trained safety boat helms and crews are highly valued! Next season (competition starts again in February 2020), we will have a refurbished 40hp 5 metre RIB in place for safety boat work, so all is looking good now thanks in large part to Sail Cork’s courses!