Our Weekend Water Activity Programme for Scouts, Rangers and Explorers for the 2013 sailing session has been released, highlighting the RYA courses and Open Boating sessions being run throughout the year.
In regards to the RYA Courses, you should have already signed up to the course you want to complete this year. You will be receiving a separate letter and E-mail to confirm the details and date of the course you requested to partake in at a later date. If you have not already signed up to a course but would like to take part in one, then please add your name to the waiting list on the boating board in the Den. (Please be aware that most courses are already full for this year).
In regards to the Open Boating, these sessions are for all group members regardless of experience or ability to go afloat and have the opportunity to try rowing and sailing in a range of different craft. Those with little previous experience will be taken out by a competent helmsman and supervised by the safety boats. For those of you doing the RYA courses, these sessions will be an opportunity for you to practice and develop you skills.
If taking part in the Open Boating sessions, you will be required to attend the compulsory briefing prior to going afloat. The time of this briefing is indicated on the program as the ‘start time’, although the Den may be open earlier for you to rig your boats and get changed etc.
As with all boating activities you will need to bring suitably warm clothing and footwear, which you don’t mind getting wet. Jeans and wellies are not appropriate. Waterproofs and buoyancy aids are available for your use, and you may need to bring a packed lunch or money for chips.
There are likely to be additional days where the Den is open for Open Boating sessions, however you will be informed of these at your section meeting nights, and are dependant on instructor availability.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. CBboating@hotmail.co.uk