The final Saturday in December saw a team from 1st Cuddington assemble at their water activities centre for the final powerboat training session of the year. With a number of the group having been practicing kayaking just before Christmas, this was a chance to work through both powerboat skills.
Together with their partner group, 4th Thames Ditton (Ajax) Sea Scouts, Warspite are a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training session, so all Scouts and Explorers were also working towards nationally recognised qualifications.
The session involved the Scouts and Explorers checking the boats were ready to be afloat (“Be Prepared” is definitely a guiding principle for water activities!), before dividing up into groups. With 4 different boats in use, they all had a chance to handle small safety boats (known as rigiflexs) and larger displacement vessels; practicing skills such as coming alongside and how to deal with a man overboard, as well as some more advanced concepts. Freya, a Scout, explains: “Those who were in the rigiflexs had to steer the boats in figure of eights and did ferry gliding (were you use the power of the river to help you cross it?)”
A good end to the year? 4 RYA Level 1 Powerboat Certificates were completed and in Freya’s words “We had a fun day of learning how to control the boat and how to prepare it.” For the leaders, it was fantastic to see skills developed over the year had been maintained and were being put into practice.