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RYA Powerboat training and Motor Cruising courses, Southampton, Hampshire

Powerboat training5 Star Marine are based at Mariners Quay on the River Hamble in Warsash near Southampton, Hampshire, with easy access to the whole of the Solent, which is probably the best training area in the UK, if not the world. We specialise in RYA Powerboat training and Motor Cruising courses.

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Friday, 12 February 2016 10:11

Life jackets

With the winter months now upon us, why not use the downtime to get your life jackets serviced?  The importance of properly maintained life jackets cannot be underestimated. When did you last check if the gas bottle was screwed in tight? Do you know if you have a manual or automatic lifejacket? Is the gas bottle corroded? It is amazing how quickly a bottle gets corroded and this is even quicker if the lifejackets are left on a damp boat over winter or in a locker.

There are two types of maintenance to consider. The first involves checks that are carried out by a professional company and the second are those you can do yourself. Once a year every lifejacket you own should be sent to a service agent for a thorough ‘once over’ and a new certificate. If you don’t do that already, it’s a good start, but it isn’t everything. You should also carry out checks yourself at least once a month.

5 Star Marine will arrange to collect your life jackets and have them professionally serviced and returned with a service certificate. The cost is £13.00 per jacket plus VAT and any service items which may be required.

Saturday, 06 February 2016 11:51

Although the syllabus remains pretty much unchanged, from from January 2014 the VHF operator’s licence or Short Range Certificate (SRC) was brought in line with European legislation. Candidates will now be examined by an independent assesor who is paid by the RYA directly, not by the RYA Training Centre. There will be a number of options available from completing the base course on-line via the 5 Star RYA Interactive web site, to a combination of home study and then classroom tuition, or a complete classroom course which will be over 2 days. Details of the options are detailed further down this article. You can view the taster session in the video.

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to operate marine VHF radio and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

Please contact us for more information.







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