Training is one of the most important thing in the Marine world, lives are easily put at risk by failure to ensure that proper training is carried out.
If you have never taken a boat out to sea before, just jumping into a boat and shooting across the channel or out to sea could get you into into a whole load of trouble in so many ways.
We recommend that you look at training courses from the RYA on;-
- Sea Survival Course
- Day Skipper/Motor
- Day Skipper/Navigation
- Advanced Pilotage
- Coastal Skipper/Motor
- Coastal Skipper/Navigation
There are many providors, make sure that they are approved and get the appropriate certicication.
On the inland waterways system, you dont need a license to steer, own or hire a boat. You can take optional training to help you gain confidence and additional useful knowledge. If you carry passengers or carry our certain commercial activities, you must have an appropriate license. Hotel boats, trip boats, commercial vessels - all should receive the appropriate certification.
Search for RYA Helmsman courses for more information, for carrying more than 12 passengers, search for MCA Boatmaster courses