CBE Training Manager - STEVE CROCKETT
I would like to thank you all for the considerable efforts you have put in this year towards the education and safety of both novice and experienced boaties. Overall, feedback from students has been very positive, particularly with regard to the quality of tutoring they receive. Keep up the good work!
I appreciate how hard it is sometimes to reconcile what we do with the tragedies which still occur, and the frustration of seeing people obviously flaunting the rules either through ignorance or design.
This year has seen the release of a number of important reports and court rulings relating to boating safety. These include; The TAIC report on the “Francie”, the “Platino” report, a speedboat driver ordered to pay damages after he ran over a spearfisher, a ferry master fined following a collision with a boatie, and the boatie sentenced to community service … each of these provides learning opportunities that we could incorporate into our lessons. On a more positive note, I was pleased to deliver an Advanced Sea Survival course this last weekend and one of the students told me that he had, over the past few months, completed 5 of our courses in preparation for undertaking some sailing with his family and friends.
Day Skipper assessments and assessment processes are currently under review with reference to the learning outcomes of the Unit standard. The New Year will usher in some changes. It is a requirement that our Assessments meet the pre and post moderation standards applied by the Standards Setting Body, which in this case is Competenz. Work is on-going.
Our courses are advertised as being of a particular duration. It is important that we ensure the students have the benefit of the entire advertised course duration. You may have a class which is particularly quick on the uptake. Please do not curtail the time - add value to the course. Day Skipper has a minimum class time of 15 hours, this does not include lunch breaks and coffee breaks, or the time for the assessment. So, on a weekend course you would expect to run from 0830 -1730 each day.
Boatmaster is 30 + hours; same deal
Radar, Inboard Engine Maintenance, MRROC are all 8 hour courses. These are also a component of the Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations program (CIDMO). It is essential that these courses are run to the time advertised. If you feel you cannot devote the correct time to the teaching of the course please contact me or perhaps speak to an experienced colleague about how they deliver the course.
Thanks again to those of you who could attend this year’s forum and especially to those of you who gave presentations. They were warmly received and I am grateful for the assistance you provided to make this forum a success. It is to be hoped that this will improve year upon year and I am already looking forward to next year. The forum for 2019 will be held over the weekend of the 14th and 15th September. Please make sure that is in your diary now. I welcome any offers from anyone interested in delivering a presentation and workshop.
Meanwhile I wish you all a very Happy and Safe Christmas and New Year. To those of you who are able to get out on the water this summer, I hope the weather is kind to you and the experience is enjoyable. I look forward to continuing our work in the New Year with the intent of providing you with some new tools to place in your tutoring toolbox.
A couple of Gandalf quotes to leave with you for the year:
- “The world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there.”
- “All good stories deserve embellishment.”
Make what you will of those
And this from me:
- "Celebrate the ordinary miracles”
All the best to you and your families