The centre has a 16-person 7.5m Whaler-type boat called Sandancer. She has 12 rowing positions and an outboard engine. This activity involves considerable teamwork but has great potential for journeying and combining with self-led homing walks.
Coniston Water is the normal venue
Any other venue to be approved by Head of Centre or deputy.
Ratio: The normal instructor/student ratio.
Instructor to hold RYA Powerboat Level 2 and have received boat-specific training.
Visiting Staff are considered part of the Crew and must receive training in their role as outlined in the Staff Briefing Sheet.
All participants to wear Buoyancy Aid
Boarding ladder to be available on boat.
Instructor to have means of communication e.g. Mobile Phone or VHF Radio
Consideration should be given to size and strength of students in the choice of rowing positions and numbers of oars to be used. Consider option of using SUP/Canoe paddles
Care is needed in the handling of oars, particularly with smaller students.
Landing should only be by use of jetties. Beaching the boat is not allowed except in emergency. If intending to land (eg at Piel Island) a suitable tender (eg canoe or paddleboard) must be taken.
Arrival and departure from the jetty should be under engine power to avoid damage to oars. (This may be varied in very calm conditions).
Mooring clip to be backed up with rope at end of session.
A laminated Checklist for set up and end of session is kept in the anchor locker