A Coastal Safety talk by Graham Nye
(Station Manager of the National Coastwatch Institution station at Exmouth)
Thursday 9 November at 7.30pm - Bar open!

All those of us who venture out past channel buoy no. 10 opposite Exmouth's Harbour View Café have reason to be grateful to the NCI volunteers keeping watch from the tower above the café

The National Coastwatch Institution is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores. Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline. Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2000 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles, from Rossall Point in the North West, through Wales to Wearside in the North East.

Apart from Exmouth, there are stations locally at Brixham, Torquay, Teignmouth, Charmouth, Bridport and Portland Bill.

Exmouth Coastwatch Tower (just left of centre)

Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble. Other vulnerable activities like diving, wind surfing and canoeing are made safer with visual surveillance.

Read more: Nautical Natters: National Coastwatch

 RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shore-based Courses

Are you interested in the RYA Day Skipper or RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory courses?  We had to cancel our planned Yachtmaster Offshore classroom-based course as we were one person short to make the course viable.  These  are difficult courses to organise because of booking an instructor and fixing dates over 5-6 days or equivalent.  We are now operating a waiting list so let the SYC Training Officer know if you are interested in the classroom-based option.

New Online Option!! We can also currently offer the RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory course online. This is a very flexible way to learn anywhere and at any time which includes a fully interactive computer/Ipad/Smartphone-based course, all course materials and full access to a Yachtmaster Instructor throughout the course.  Each course costs just £225 for SYC members (normal price £295) and is available for 12 months after registration.  At least two people are needed to qualify for the discounted rate (each can study a different course).  Please contact the SYC Training Officer if you are interested in the online option.

Are you over 16 years old and interested in becoming an RYA Dinghy Instructor?
We’re now booking places for the Dinghy Instructor course on 23rd-27th October at Starcross Yacht Club.
To qualify for this course you should be an advanced sailor and have passed a RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-Entry Assessment which remains valid for 12 months.  We’re holding an assessment day on Saturday 16th September which you’re invited to join.  If you’ve already successfully completed an assessment it must still be valid on 23rd October 2017 (the start of the Dinghy Instructor course).
You will also need to have an in-date First Aid certificate recognised by the RYA (certificates are valid for three years); the RYA Powerboat Handling (Level 2) coastal certificate; and have completed the online RYA Safe and Fun safeguarding course (which takes about three hours to complete).    
For further information, please contact Tony Kearsey (SYC Training Officer).

RNLI Coastal Safety talk including a FREE Lifejacket Check  – Thursday 11th May at 7.30pm
Are you ready to go afloat? The RNLI will be coming to SYC to talk about all things coastal safety including recent incidents and video footage we can all learn from.  Please let Tony Kearsey know If you’re planning to come and want a free lifejacket check, as this will help in planning the evening.  Bar open!

Nautical Natters is a new series of informal evening events for all Club members arranged by SYC Training Officer Tony Kearsey. As an extra incentive to attend this event, you’ll be able to have your lifejacket checked too!

  • Every autumn (2017 date t.b.a.) SYC organises a Sunday morning Pursuit Race with all entry fees and other donations going to the RNLI. There is also a merchandise stall selling gifts and Christmas cards for RNLI funds. Why not make a note to call in at the Club on that Sunday and help us support this very worthwhile charity?

Read on if you'd like to equip yourself with the confidence and skills to set out on your own kayaking adventures…

Two one-day courses have been arranged by Tony Kearsey for 22nd April and 22nd July.  Each course will cover basic techniques, safety and how to plan your trip according to tide and weather.  You can either use your own kayak or borrow one and there will be buoyancy aids and wetsuits available if required.

The Exe estuary is a wonderful place to paddle and if you want to widen your skills and safety knowledge to take you further away from the club - click here!


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