28th October 2013
Caption: James Stevens (centre) with some of the recipients of the RYA Day Skipper certificates and other members of the station.
Praise for the six volunteer crew of Cowes RNLI lifeboat for giving up much of their spare time to achieve the coveted Royal Yachting Association’s Day Skipper Theory Certificate was voiced at a ceremony at the station.
The certificates were presented by James Stevens, chairman of the RYA’s Certification Panel. He declared it was great that Cowes lifeboat members had recognised the value of studying for this nationally respected qualification, and recalled that the recently-retired RNLI operations director, Mike Vlasto, had encouraged such close working with the RYA.
“And having travelled around the world I can say that the RNLI is easily the best lifeboat service in the world,” he said. “The best qualified and the most active.”
Congratulating the certificate recipients, Mark Southwell, Cowes lifeboat operations manager, said: “Although our crew were already qualified to man the lifeboat, this very extensive course adds further to knowledge of seamanship and navigation. This can only benefit these six members in their RNLI roles. Studying for this examination required them to attend an evening class once a week for the past six months.
“Congratulations should also go to their instructors; the fact that these came from within the station demonstrates the high and wide level of knowledge we have here.”
The three station members involved in running the course were: Richard Parr, Harry Leslie and Nick Edwards.
The successful Day Skipper six were: Will King, Andrea Vaughan, Willoughby Matthews, Neil Archer, Sandy Steen and Tony Harris.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer.
Photo Credit: Nick Edwards, Lifeboat Training Coordinator.