A SUCCINCT SUMMARY of the

THAMES BOATING CERTIFICATE

 

SCHEME PRESENTED TO THE ATYC MEMBERS MEETING

on 24 MARCH, 2010 for

CLUBS AND BOATERS CONSULTATION

 

TO IMPROVE BOATING STANDARDS

 

OBJECTIVES

To enhance the standard of MOTOR BOATING SKILLS and improve the knowledge of procedures on the Thames

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Through instruction build up the skills of PRACTICAL BOATING and KNOWLEDGE for safer cruising on the River Thames

 

SIX THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE SEGMENTS

 

  1. vTHAMES

 

  1. vUSING THE LOCKS

 

  1. vPROTOCOLS

 

  1. vSAFETY AND PRACTICE

 

  1. vRIVER ABOVE TEDDINGTON – RULES OF THE ROAD

 

  1. vMOORING

 

NINE PRACTICAL SEGMENTS

 

  1. vMANOEUVRING TWIN SCREW BOATS WITH ONE ENGINE DOWN
  2. v
  3. vHOLDING POSITION AGAINST THE ELEMENTS
  4. v
  5. vMOORING ALONGSIDE WITH SPRINGS
  6. v
  7. vANCHORING OR USING A MUD WEIGHT
  8. v
  9. vMOORING 450 INTO THE BANK
  10. v
  11. vREVERSING THE BOAT
  12. v
  13. vTOWING ANOTHER BOAT IN AN EMERGENCY
  14. v
  15. vWORKING A LOCK
  16. v
  17. vPRACTICAL TEST OF THROWING LINES, TAKING TURNS, ‘KNOTS/BENDS’

 

DELIVERY

 

  1. vTHROUGH THE PARTICPATING CLUBS

 

TRAINERS

 

  1. vDESIGNATED BY PARTICIPATING CLUBS – COACHED BY ATYC

 

 

EXAMINERS

 

  1. vFROM QUALIFIED RYA INSTRUCTORS PLUS OTHER EXPERIENCED BOATERS

 

OVERARCHING AIM

  • It will be imperative to maintain the standard and integrity of the ATYC Thames Boating Certificate
  • The Aim will be a major consideration in the training seminars and in the selection of examiners

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

 

  • ATYC Glossary of terms used in describing boating manoeuvres
  • A Users Guide to the River Thames Edition 8/2009 – Published by EA
  • Tide Tables and Port Information (Annual Publication) Published by PLA
  • Rowing in the Tideway 2009 – Published by the PLA
  • Boatyards Marinas and Services – Published by BMF Thames Valley (TBTA)
  • River Thames Recreational Users Guide – Teddington to Sea Reach – PLA
  • Environment Agency Visit Thames Web Site – www.visitthames.co.uk
  • Boaters Service Charter – Published by EA April 2010

 

CONSULTATION 24 MARCH TO 30 APRIL, 2010

 

A presentation, the full syllabus and other information was distributed at the ATYC meeting.   Further copies can be obtained by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Clubs and individual boaters are requested to complete the appropriate questionnaire and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or by post 3 Kingswood Creek, Wraysbury Staines, TW19 5EN.   Additional copies from the same e-mail address if required.

 

The papers circulated at the ATYC Members meeting including the questionnaires can be found on the ATYC Web Page www/ATYC.co.uk

 

TIME TABLE

PRESENTED TO ATYC MEMBERS MEETING 24 MARCH, 2010

QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE RETURNED by 30 APRIL, 2010

CONSIDERATION BY TRAINING TEAM TO MID MAY

CONSIDERATION BY ATYC OFFICERS LATE MAY

ACCEPTANCE OR NOT ATYC JUNE MEETING 16 JUNE, 2010

 

TRAINING TEAM

MICHAEL SHEFRAS - ATYC Deputy Chairman

ANDREW BERNSTEIN - TMYC

NOEL BRADBEAR - Bray CC

MIKE CHAMBERS - Middle Thames & TMYC

DENNIS HILL - Swan (Radcot)

NORMAN WOOLLEY - City Livery

 

WHO ARE PREPARED TO VISIT THE CLUBS TO ADVISE ON THE ETHOS

AND REASONS FOR THE SCHEME BEFORE 30 APRIL, 2010

 

BENEFITS

 

ü  Participating Clubs will have higher profile and may attract new members

 

ü  Individuals will be better trained to enjoy the Thames and be able to fly or have a window symbol to indicate that the skipper knows what he/she is doing