Sometimes when we’ve been doing something for a while, it’s difficult to get some extra training, almost for the fear of looking daft or asking something that we think we should already know. As instructors and commercial skippers, WE are always learning new things, new boats, new methods, new ways of dealing with problems…. It is this open-minded approach that encourages us to work with anyone ranging from a complete newcomer to the water, right through to those who’ve boated for years but want a few tips to perfect some manoeuvres and make the return to the Berth even calmer, or venture that little bit further and set more ambitious and enjoyable goals.
I once worked a week of Southampton boat show ‘thrill rides’ for the RYA and worked with a crew from Yarmouth who had used boats for years but every time they attached a rope to a cleat, the cleat disappeared under the volume of wraps, twists, tucks and turns… they were quite embarrassed by an inability to tie knots, which itself led to a lack of confidence. In their words ‘I can’t tie knots, so I tie lots’.. There was nothing wrong with the ‘lotsaknot’, the boat certainly wouldn’t have come adrift, we did however work to ensure that a couple of more basic knots were learnt during the week, enabling them to be more confident and make fast with greater ease.
Whatever solution we’ve got to a problem, it’s always good to see how someone else does it and that’s what we love to do, to take existing abilities and see if we can offer some of our own perspectives to turn your own manoeuvres and boating into something even better.
We’re all always learning…
We’re looking forward to boating next year so have produced a few ideas for you all: