The RYA is arguably the most well established, and highly regarded, maritime training organisation in the world. Aigua Sea School is proud to be representing the RYA since 2006, maintaining the integrity of the schemes and leading the way in the quality of maritime training here in the Balearics.
To ensure everything is running well, the RYA run annual inspections on every recognised training centre, that’s over 2,500 worldwide. Our annual inspection took place earlier this month. We were delighted to welcome back Mike Dymond as our centre inspector. We started off with visiting the school office so Mike could say ‘hi’ to John-Paul who he met last year, and to be introduced to Rachael who joined our team in January. Mike and John O’Hara also met again as John was in the training room with a group of eight Yachtmaster candidates. It was great that Mike could see a fully operational classroom, with the space and facilities we have for our students.
Rachael met with Mike and ran through the changes we have made to our website and booking procedures that adhere to the recent guidelines of the Data Protection legislation.
Port Adriano was our first port of call where we met up with our training partners, Nautiparts, to show off the various Personal Watercraft (PWs) that we use for the Personal Watercraft Proficiency courses and the Instructor training courses. We then enjoyed a coffee at one of our favourite haunts, Cafe La Oca, before the inspection ran on the Humber 800 RIB, ‘Free Will’ that we use for Powerboat Level 2 courses, Advanced Powerboat courses and as a support vessel for the PW training. Aigua Sea School has been using ‘Free Will’ for many years and it’s great to see her looking so good after a recent refurb .. stonking new Evenrude engine too!
We then headed to Puerto Portals where we boarded the Grand Banks 36 Classic, ‘Meters’, that we share the use of with our friends Palma Sea School. Mike and John Hart had a good catch up whilst Mike thoroughly inspected the vessel and gave it a good clean bill of health.
Back into Palma and to Marina Naviera Balear where our two sailing yachts are berthed, ‘Up and Down’ our Bavaria 44 that we use for our cruising courses (a spacious cockpit, four cabin and two head layout provides the comfort we like to ensure for our competent crew and day skipper students), and lil ‘Aigua sin Gas’ (AsG), a Bavaria 36, our Yachtmaster specialist training yacht. Mike signed off the two yachts with only one minor suggestion (a new gimbal bolt for the oven on AsG). As the evening was drawing in, we asked Fred Harper, our amazing Chief Instructor for Power and PW to bring our RIB ‘Sharky’ round to the marina, from her usual berth in Real Club Nautico. Fred rafted up alongside AsG in the RibEye 750 RIB and Mike ran the inspection, again with no comments to make as everything was in place and looking great. Thanks Fred.
Mike and I could then relax over dinner as we finalised the paperwork; and I was delighted to see the statement he put on our report: “Overall a good RTE inspection .. a well run centre”.