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Published 16:37 on 9 Jun 2018

Lead RIB Safety Helm – Paula McKenna

My role here at BSC is great – as freelance outdoor instructor, I believe I have the best job in the world! I applied for this post back in February 2018, after having a full season at the Club the year before assisting the training arm with safety. I started powerboating at a young age and have held my RYA Powerboat Level 2 for almost 15 years. I intend to complete further qualifications to increase the competency of the club.

I love all water sports including sailing and work closely with the RYA training arm of Budworth SC to help all club members in any capacity involving RIB use. I offer all members both onboard RIB training and skills development both formally and informally regarding RIB operation, how to lay marks, rescue of people and boats, best practice RIB driving techniques and skills.

As the RIB Safety Helm, I lead on powerboat rescue on Sunday racing. This entails working alongside the PRO to lay marks, set start lines and advise on changing weather conditions throughout races.

I also manage safety on the water. Should you be unlucky enough to capsize, I'll happily be there to lend a hand in getting you upright, in the boat and sailing again! In my role I also lead the team of On Duty members acting as RIB Helms, to ensure safe standards are met as laid out by the RYA, ensuring best practice is adhered to by all and current advice and guidance regarding safe practice is followed. Hopefully, this will lead to a happier, safer club, reduced wear and tear on the RIBs and ultimately lead to better Sunday racing with higher safety standards and equipment that works first time, every time.

If you are a club member, I welcome the opportunity to help you, give advice and develop your race support skills on a one to one basis. Please come and speak to me at any time to discuss how I can help you improve your race safety and RIB driving skills.

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