News : Inland Waterways
Over the last couple of years Seavoice Training has instructed British Waterways Lock keepers, Narrow boat and Dutch barge owners in the use of VHF Radios, mainly hand held portable sets as people are finding that when on their way down the British canal systems especially around the London area or intertidal areas the use of VHF is on the increase to speak to the lock keepers or for Safety while transiting tidal areas.
The Ribble Link
This is a intertidal area that has opened up for inland water ways vessels to make passage from Tarlton Lock to Savick brook on the River Ribble near Preston, for further info see Ribble Link website. connecting the leeds to Liverpool canal with the Lancaster canal operated by British Waterways (BW)
Click Here for the Ribble link Skippers guide
The latest Canal user we have trained in the use of the VHF Radio is Mr Alywn Ogborn the owner of the Dutch Barge "Itchy Feet" pictured.
Here is what Alwyn said about the course.
VHF Radio course
'Living on an inland waterway Dutch barge that is capable of going to sea to cross to the continent I thought it wise to get a VHF radio course under my belt.
The course I chose was Seavoice Training, which I found to be excellent. The instructor, Paul Harrison, gave a concise introduction, leading into the theory, the basic rules and operating sequence of VHF communication. This was followed by a well thought out series of hypothetical emergency situations for pupils to practice on.
I felt it was a worthwhile exercise, I now feel more confident of venturing into tidal, possibly hostile, waters.
I was recommended to Seavoice by a marina owning to friend of mine and have no hesitation of passing on that recommendation.'
Dutch Barge Itchy Feet
Seavoice Training also runs the RYA CEVNI Online course, ask us for further information.