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Droitwich's Pamela May gets 11 new skippers

Droitwich Editorial 26th Mar, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

VOLUNTEER skippers have been awarded their prestigious certificates of boat management (COBM) at a prestigious ceremony at Rotary House.

The event was hosted by The Droitwich Waterways (Pamela May) Trust after the 11 successfully completed the course which teaches them 12 ‘gateways’ (tested subjects).

They include risk assessment, emergency evacuation planning and execution, passenger and personal safety, first aid, fire fighting and the coveted RYA (Royal Yachting Association) boat handling certificate.

This skill level ensures that of the crew are able to meet any situation and keep passengers safe and comfortable.

The qualifications are issued by the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) and are designed to ensure that those on passenger carrying narrow boats are competent and possess all the necessary skills.

Five other volunteers have almost passed all the gateways.

The Pamela May has been serviced over the winter and is ready and looking for passengers who would like a low cost trip on the Droitwich Canals.

The boat has a gas cooker, a wheelchair lift and disabled toilet on board, so is ideal for outings with handicapped passengers.

For information and to make a booking, go to the website www.pamelamay.org.uk or phone 07938 571809 and leave a message.

New Volunteers both for boating and canal support activities are urgently needed.

Anyone interested in helping out and learning about boats and canals can visit www.droitwichcanals.co.uk to see what it is all about.

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