New course for inland crews
The new RYA Inland Waterways Crew course, launched at the recent Inland Waterways Instructors conference, is an entry-level course designed to introduce newcomers to the crew skills and basic helmsmanship on inland waterways boats. During the one day course participants cover personal safety, communication on board, throwing a mooring line, some basic boat handling, helping in locking operations, how to be a good look out, what to do in an emergency and looking after the environment.
“This course shifts the emphasis away from just the skipper or helm knowing about the boat and safety, and recognises that the crew can get more enjoyment from their time afloat if they are well informed and can anticipate when the helm is likely to need their help”, explained Rachel Andrews, RYA Chief Instructor Motor Cruising and Power.
A number of RYA Inland Training Centres have already signed up to run the course. For details of the new Inland Waterways Crew Course click here
New Boat Safety Scheme certificates
Boat owners on inland waterways won’t have to send off the blue copy of their Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Certificate to the boat’s registration or licensing body; from 31st March 2013 examination recording has been via a central online database system with direct input from BSS examiners. After a successful boat examination, owners will get a copy of a new, receipt-style certificate, called a BSS Examination Report, to keep for their records. The change has been made possible because all navigation authorities participating in the Scheme have access to the BSS central database where they can double check a boat’s certification details and expiry date. Most authorities will no longer use printed and posted BSS documents to administer boat registration and licensing applications. The change allows BSS examiners to provide directly the new-look certificates either as electronic files, or printed on plain paper in black ink. The new-look certificate, or BSS Examination Report, may include any failure notifications and advisory information, combined in one multi-page document. Existing BSS Certificates will continue to remain valid until reaching the expiry date. This move will help some navigation authorities to develop online boat registration and licensing, making the administration easier. A guide to the new-look certificate has been posted on the Boat Safety Scheme website