Last weekend Perth BSAC held a boat handling SDC and refresher course. Everyone enjoyed themselves with both the learning aspects and the social side of the two days. It was also a chance for the senior members to re-engage and pass on some of their skills and for all of us to actually spent time at the helm of the club boat practicing. We have done a lot of this type training this year but a formal course has been really useful in putting the learning into context.
After a days theory instruction we had the chance to take the boat out onto the Tay. Launching from Broughty Ferry harbor we spent time in close manoeuvrings before heading out into the estuary to do some high-speed handling, slow-speed drills, man overboard drills and shot and anchoring work. What really worked for me was the sea conditions, best described as challenging but fair from a course perspective, making you think before opening the throttle.
These sorts of club training events are really important, both from a skills perspective but also from a teaming point of view where we get the chance to practice some of the tasks that are usually done by the senior members and that we perhaps take for granted.
All in all a couple of days well spent and a day out on the water in good weather. A big thanks to all the instructors and tow-ers, and to Spike in particular for planning and organising the weekend. A special thank you is due to both Spike and Carol for their hospitality and the use of their front room and for the tea and sandwiches on Saturday.