Update 4th July – Ready, steady. go…….

So training has restarted and we are delighted to be back on the water. Of course as you would expect there are some limitations which are explained below.

In terms of our approach as a business we have always had a complete focus on safety and we make no apologies for continuing that now with the safety of our instructors, office team and of course you being paramount.

Training you on your boats, or ours, will inevitably mean that we are operating below 2m separation. Of course a mitigation to that is that we are outside in the fresh air however as an additional mitigation we are insisting on facecoverings for both you and our instructors – we provide PTUK branded facecoverings free to all students. Wearing these seems a small price to pay for the possible benefits that we will all experience so we hope that you agree that it’s the right approach. In fact if you don’t, then a school with a less direct focus on your safety may better suit you.

As a reminder our approach is:

  • PTUK ‘Buffs’ (facecoverings) free on all courses
  • Big RIBs to maintain social distancing whilst being a great training experience too
  • Sanitising products on the boats and all of the kit that is allocated to you
  • A very regular cleaning program in our own classrooms and on the boats

With regards to classroom courses we are looking to restart these again with suitable separation and mitigations in place – see our course schedules for dates.

We look forward to seeing you all afloat

Viv, Paul & the Team.

Message from 1st June

Things have moved so quickly in such a short period of time that it’s amazing to read the earlier statement which was only 8 weeks ago. Lockdown is easing and training will start soon so we want to let you know how we are going to keep people safe and when training is re-starting. So where are we? We plan on being back training during the latter stages of June into early July. Of course this is subject to such training being acceptable according to the rules and advice around at that stage. Keyworkers or other essential workers that need boating qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis before then.

In terms of bookings we are taking bookings on the basis that it’s possible they will be deferred but we will cross that particular bridge as we get to it. We have dates booked during July onwards.

In terms of what we are doing to keep you and us safe:

  • PTUK ‘Buffs’ (facecoverings) free on all courses
  • Big RIBs to maintain social distancing whilst being a great training experience too
  • Sanitising products on the boats and all of the kit that is allocated to you
  • A very regular cleaning program in our own classrooms and on the boats

It goes without saying that we don’t want you to attend a course if you are feeling unwell and we’ll move you to another date or refund according to what you want to do.

To chat through courses call Viv on 01202 686666, pop in to our Offices at Cobbs Quay or email office@powerboattrainguk.co.uk

Message from early April

In one way, shape or form Viv and I here at Powerboat Training UK/Aquasafe have been running businesses for over 30 years. In 2001 I stood in an office in London watching the shocking events in America unfold and then we fought through the highly challenging market that followed. A few years later we experienced the terrible events of 7/7 literally a stones throw from our offices and then in 2008, now running PTUK, we again fought through highly challenging market conditions to emerge the other side as a more robust and resilient business. None of these events in any way compare to the challenges the present terrible situation facing our country and our world is experiencing. Businesses in all sectors are facing an uncertain future and are having to adapt minute by minute to changing rules and procedures. The purpose of this post is that we wanted to take this opportunity to communicate what we are doing.

The most important thing is the safety of you – our customers, our friends, our instructors and all of their and our families. We are obviously paying close attention to what the Government and Royal Yachting Association is advising businesses and individuals to do and will abide by their recommendations so to this end classroom/afloat courses are presently suspended. Online courses are of course still running.

Thanks, Paul, Viv and the PTUK/Aquasafe Team