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 What is the Charge Certificate Scheme?  A System of Qualifications for various types of boating  A Scheme to assess practical competence in boat handling.

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2  What is the Charge Certificate Scheme?  A System of Qualifications for various types of boating  A Scheme to assess practical competence in boat handling & leadership ability  To licence the holder to take scouts out boating  Charge Certs are available for Rowing, Sailing & Powered craft.

3  3 types of Charge Cert  Basic Boat Handling  Tempory cert to enable leaders to get on the water with intention of improving skills for assessment in Intermediate cert  Cert is confined to -- enclosed safe waters – good weather (max force 3) – between May 1 st & Sept 30 th – will only be issued once

4 Intermediate Charge Cert  For Watch Leaders & Scouts Over 14  Leaders with limited experience  It signifies that the holder is competent to take charge of a BOAT and CREW in areas defined for each group  i.e. Restricted Waters  The group or assessor may assign restrictions on the cert

5 Advanced Cert  Intended for adult leaders and senior venture scouts  Must be over 17  Means the holder is competent to take charge of BOAT and CREW in Day Cruising Waters. Other Certs  Instructor Ratings  Coastal & Off Shore Cruising Certs

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8  Up to 3 miles off shore and up to fifteen miles along the coast in either direction from your normal centre of opperations.  Approx Skerries to India Bank North Cardinal for Dublin Bay based groups

9  Know & understand the boating guidelines and rules  Have permission of scouter in charge  Current Weather forecast  PFD  Tides – High & Low water  Know your Crew  Clothing  Know the Groups Boating Safety Review

10  Before getting permission you should have the following info –  Name of crew  Weather Forecast  Duration of activity  Intended area of activity

11  Check VHF & Emergency Kit  Fill out deck log  Check boat & gear  Check crew & gear  Check BACK VHF & Emergency Kit  Close out deck log  Check boat & gear  Check crew & gear  Tell Some one your back

12  P ersonal F loatation D evice  Lifejacket  Permanent Buoyancy  Inflatable  Automatic  Manual >= 100 Newton  Buoyancy Aid  Various designs for various uses  River kayaking, Sailing, Water skiing <= 100 Newton

13  PFD should have the following safety features  Retro Reflective Stripe  Waist Strap  Crotch Strap  Distress Whistle  See page 50 & 51 SSHB

14  What is the purpose of this?  To ensure a boat is seaworthy for its intended purpose.  The scouter ( YOU) should ensure that the boat carries the necessary equipment, for the activity, not overloaded and stowed so as not to hinder its free working.  Valid to March 31 st after date of issue  Should be re examined if its had an accident.

15 Steering & Sailing Rules Sound Signals Distress Signals

16  Power Vessels  Sailing Vessels  Vessels constrained by draught  See SSHB pages

17 = short blast ― = long blast Turning to Starboard Turning to Port Engines in Reverse What are you doing????

18  Sounded at 2 min intervals  Power vessel making way ―  Underway but not making way ― ―  “Special” craft ― (Fishing, towing, constrained by draught etc.)

19  VHF – Mayday (voice) and DSC  Flares – hand held orange and red, parachute red  SOS – using sound or light  International code flag signal of distress N over C  N = blue & white squares C = Blue, White, Red, White, Red stripes  A day glow Orange square flag  Square flag above or below a ball  Slowly raising & lowering arms outstretched

20  Harbours  Beaches and Shoals  Sounds and Tidal races  Rocks, Islands  Channels and Fairways

21  Speed Limit  Fairways  Fishing  Club Launches  Lifeboat  Ferry  Commercial vessel  Navy etc…

22  Race nights  Sailing schools/clubs (towing)  Rescue/support boats  Mad Jet skies  Others who don’t know the rules  Fishing lines from pier  Wind from particular directions

23  Shallow areas  Areas Exposed by tides  The speed of tides advancing/receding  Rocks  Wind  Safe or Dangerous From which direction? Why?


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