The key to the success of the Hope Boat is down to the professionalism of its Crew and the high level of ongoing training that each member will receive.
Within the current team we have a high percentage already trained to the RYA Advanced Commercial Level, each with many years experience and a good number of successful rescues. We are actively looking for new crew members and have already been approached by some people with current RYA Powerboating qualifications.
All new Crew Members will train alongside the current Crew, gaining from both their knowledge, expertise and experience. The Hope Cove Life Boat Training Programme will include training both shore based training and afloat, focusing on situations previously experienced in actual local rescues.
Throughout the year there will be joint exercises with the RNLI Salcombe Lifeboat and Search and Rescue Helicopter Support from the MOD.
The Hope Cove Life Boat crew expanded their training programme in the last week of June 2011 and took part in a joint exercise in the Salcombe Estuary with the Island Cruising Club. Small dinghies, Kayaks, Paddle Boards, and a range of other small craft acted as ‘dummies’ for the crew to rescue, helping them to hone their skills when dealing with these types of vessel. Training of this kind will be ongoing, helping the members of the team be even better prepared for dealing with incidents involving these types of craft in their area of Bigbury Bay. In a couple of weeks time, when the school holidays begin, the bay will be ‘awash’ with recreational craft, and it is our aim to make sure they enjoy themselves in as safe as environment as possible.
RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
Hope Cove Life Boat Training Director