Courses begins with a briefing with the Senior Instructor which explains the course syllabus and the course layout. We then cover the background information (meteorology, tides, chartwork and rules) and kit out of participants. After preparing the crew and the boat we spend most of the rest of the course afloat. The first day of the course ends with high speed exercises.
On most of our courses the second day involves a daytrip when we go exploring and employ our new skills and enjoy powerboating!! Revision of exercises and high speed cruise around Cork Harbour (14-18 miles) Lunch is usually at a waterside tavern... a chance to chill and relax! Day ends with putting boats away, debriefing and award of certification........and advice on how to progress your powerboating in the future.
|Accreditation||ISA National Powerboat Certificate|
|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 10:00-17:00 (Usually Saturday and Sunday.) Summer evenings: 18:00 -22:00 x 3 evenings|
|Objective||You will be capable of helming without supervision in good conditions and familiar waters and understand the responsibilities of powerboat helmsman.|
|Location||SailCork's base at East Ferry in Cork Harbour, with waters suitable for powerboating in all weathers. Full facilities including a chartroom for briefings, changing rooms, easy access to the water for dinghies and marina for larger boats. Our "outdoor classroom" is the sheltered waters of East Ferry and Cork Harbour - one of the worlds finest harbours it offers the wide variety of conditions and situations necessary to run our powerboat courses. We work in areas from busy shipping lanes and bustling yacht race courses to secluded wooded creeks and golden sandy beaches. Course can also be held in your own club.|
|Equipment Included||Buoyancy aids. Waterproof clothing available for hire if required.|
|What to bring||1. Warm clothes (including hat and gloves) 2. Soft shoes or seaboots. 3. Waterproof top and bottom. 4. Buoyancy aid or lifejacket- will be provided if necessary. 5. Pencil/biro, powerboat logbook (€10). "Start Powerboating" (€14 ) Please look up FREE charts on www.navionics.com and FREE pilotage info on www.inyourfootsteps.com BEFORE the course.|
|Meals||Bring a packed lunch for the first day. On the second day we usually stop at a harbourside tavern for lunch.|
Boat preparation, launch & recovery, low speed manoeuvres,stopping, reversing, turning, picking up a mooring, anchoring & docking, towing, high speed manoeuvres, basic navigation, weather & coastal knowledge, rules and safety. Man overboard recovery. Personal and crew safety. Includes endorsements for planing, outdrive, outboard, console control and tiller control.
|Pre Course||Please look up FREE charts on www.navionics.com and FREE pilotage info on www.inyourfootsteps.com BEFORE the course.|
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!