Handle your boat

Do you know your port from your starboard, your clove hitch from your bowline, your mayday from your securite?

If you don’t, but you own a boat, or are thinking about buying one, it’s probably time to consider brushing up on your nautical terminology, safety procedures and boat handling skills. Not only will you look totally uncool in your flash boat if you don’t know how to drive it, it’s also not all that safe.

IYT Cayman, which operates out of the same premises as the Cayman Diving College at Treasure Island Resort, is running a two day Small Powerboat and RIB Master course this weekend – 4 and 5 August. The course is MCA approved and leads to an internationally recognised qualification.

The course involves one day of theory and one day of practical. As well as learning the lingo of boats, you’ll be taught the correct way to operate the VHF radio, you’ll learn how to anchor, what to do with those ropes (lines?), how not to crash into other boats (AKA rules of the road), how to park your boat at the dock like a pro, man overboard procedures and a whole lot more.

The qualification is good for vessels up to 45 feet and you’ll be qualified to take the boat up to 20 miles from a safe haven.

Dive instructors, charter crews and those who work on boats would all do well to complete this type of course. Not only will employers look favourably on such qualifications, but its the first step on the ladder should you want to go on to get your captain’s licence.

At $150 for the two day course, it’s a small price to pay for your safety and that of your guests.