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We don’t have a formal schedule for publishing new blogs, but in line with the nature of being on the water, when the weathers bad we’ll sit down and update more information for you. Topics that we cover include issues raised with us during a training session or a change to safety equipment or alerting systems. 

We’d love this to be a way for us to enter into dialog with you about your plans, ambitions and questions about being afloat.  Please do comment below or contact us via email and let us know what you’d like us to cover next.

Electronic Navigation – what it means and should we trust it?

Electronic Navigation Last night our Training Talk was based on Electronic Navigation, both Chartplotters and navigation apps.  It is clear that many of us rely on such technology but how much confidence should we place on it?   Is it reliable and what is the information on the screen telling us? Do we still need paper

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VHF Refresher

VHF Radio Refresher – Marine Radios Introduction & Safety to our VHF Radio Refresher! This week with our Training Talks we have been looking at VHF radios. We can never cover all the materials in a short one hour session (or a short blog!) so these were very much aimed at being refreshers and reminders

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Night Navigation

  Night Navigation Dom gave another great talk on Tues leading us through night navigation. Great feedback and clearly an appetite for us to continue the series of talks into June.   Why should you come to tonight’s talk (Thurs 28th May)? Check out just some of the feedback from Tues: “This has been a

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Weather

Weather Training Talk Dom led fab weather sessions last week as part of our series of Training Talks. When first asked to run the session we weren’t certain what level to pitch it at but it worked really well. Thank you to all those who shared ideas and resources.   As the talks program has developed

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Women on the Water – Boating Kit

Boating Clothing Another great Women on the Water chat last week. The topic for the week was boating clothing & kit, what you would recommend and what you are still looking for. It was great to have such a mix of experience on the call. Women who work on the water through to those taking

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Buoyage in Poole Harbour – Buoy Names

Names on the Buoys in Poole Harbour During last week’s Training Talk on buoyage we were asked how the buoys in Poole Harbour get their names. Great question and one I said I would research. I didn’t realise quite what a task I had taken on so this blog will updated a buoy at a

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Bouyage

Training Talks – Buoyage Each week during lockdown we are hosting Free Training Talks on both a Tues and a Thurs. This week the topic was Buoyage. These sessions are free to join in, sit quietly or actively participate. We hope to record them shortly and upload to our YouTube channel. The full program can

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Women on the Water

Women on the Water Blog As we adapt we have recently added a new session to our program a ‘Women on the Water’ Chat. The aim is to encourage more women afloat whatever their level of boating. This  blog will hopefully give you a flavour of our chats and hopefully encourage you as ladies along

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Winter Boating

/         Winter Boating I always get a little down when someone says to me ‘season’s coming to a close’…… it’s like being turfed out of your favourite restaurant at the end of the night because everyone who works there wants to go home….. We should enjoy ourselves based upon our own

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RYA Powerboat Level 1 (PB1) or Powerboat Level 2 (PB2) Course?

Do I need to take RYA Powerboat Level 1 (PB1) before I take Powerboat Level 2 (PB2)? What is the difference between the PB1 and PB2 courses?   The simple answer would be no, you don’t need to take PB1 first but it is a little more complex. Indeed, many people will tell you not

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RYA Day Skipper or Powerboat Level 2?

A question we get asked is how do the Day Skipper and the Powerboat Level 2 Course fit together? Which is first? The answer is not quite as simple as it may first seem. The RYA run two certification schemes, the Powerboat Scheme and the Motor Cruising Scheme. (To be fair there are more than

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Winter Boating and Clothing Suggestions

The weather has definitely taken a turn for the cooler this last week. As a result my normal boating gear has had a few additions. New boaters regularly ask me if we boat all year and the answer is a definite yes! The secret is to planning the boating and your waterproof kit well. We’ll

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Prop Guards

Link to guidance from the RYA. Twice in the last week people have asked me for information on prop guards. I thought perhaps it is time to put a quick post up directing people to the guidance available from the RYA.  The RYA are “the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms

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The Boat Club, Sandbanks

What we’ve been doing 2019 has seen us teaming up with ‘The Boat Club’ at Parkstone Bay Marina, we’re giving boat club members a regular monthly update on all the various things that make up their boating experiences, from navigation to managing the boat and venturing further afield. For Dorset Marine Training, This relationship allows

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New year’s resolutions – New VHF DSC handheld radio kit.

It’s easy to make a ‘New Year’s Resolution’. Something you want to do, think you ought to do, even promise to do….. something that will be good and hopefully change you (in a good way)…..   We have a ‘new year’s resolution’ to improve the training facilities that we offer each year. The best way to

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What should I do now I’ve completed my RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course?

What next after a Powerboat Level 2 Course? Having just had one of our busiest months for Level 2 Powerboat Courses, we felt it was time to talk about the next steps.  We sincerely hope that if you undertook the course with us that you had a great time. We hope you want to carry

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Who would notice if you don’t come home? we use SafeTrx!

I thought I’d update this entry on ‘Safetrx’, the app from the RYA that allows us to be tracked, but we’re out on the water to escape right???? .  Do we forget to leave details as to where we are going and when we plan to be back? What options there are to remedy this? 

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Buying a Boat – Where to look……

Buying a Boat You’ve made the decision to leap into boat ownership – exciting times but where are the best places to find the boat of your dreams?  If you’re not sure what you’re looking for the options can be overwhelming.  Even if you know exactly what you’re looking for it can still take some

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The most common queries asked at our stand at the Poole Boat Show – Questions from new and aspiring boaters…..

Poole Boat Show Queries Hi and thanks for visiting our blog.  In this blog we look at a few questions that were raised by our visitors at the Poole Boat Show.  We love helping people to get afloat for the first time & we aim to provide info to assist.  We had a fabulous time

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Welcome

Welcome to our blog page,  hope to update with lots of posts and would love some feedback.  Why not bookmark this page and check back soon?

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