There are three RIBs that are used as Safety Boats at SYC and also three Zodiac inflatables that are primarily used by the juniors. These are helmed by club members who are holders of the RYA PB2 certificate and have agreed to be on the Safety Boat duty roster. The Helm is responsible for finding a crew on their duty days and will need to attend not less than one hour before the indicated start time. Crew do not need to have received any training but should be prepared to get wet if the need arises.
Training courses are run at SYC for the PB2 certificate to ensure that there are a sufficient number of trained drivers to cover the club events. There is also a smaller number of Safety Boat courses run at SYC for experienced drivers and this is a requirement for drivers at the junior weekend at Roadford in addition to the PB2 certificate.
A Safety Boat driver would currently expect to do about four duties a year and will be advised of the dates in advance. A reminder email is sent to driver a few weeks before the date of their duty seeking confirmation that they can attend and requesting the name of their crew. If a driver is unable to attend on their duty date it is their responsibility to change with another driver and advise the Safety Boat Rota Co-ordinator of the change.
Competitors unable to sail, by reason of completing the above duties, may be awarded points equal to the average of their results (at the discretion of the Flag Captain) provided they are claimed and entered on the Race Sheet on the day.