Add MediaThe Royal Yachting Association (RYA), is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and narrowboats, and personal watercraft.
The RYA powerboat division has always required members who drive powerboats to pass a medical exam and immersion test prior to issuing them with a licence to compete in powerboat races.
The immersion test is administered annually to check that each driver has the ability to escape from a powerboat canopy should a catastrophe occur causing the craft to turn upside down or begin to sink.
There are several classes of powerboat, many which utilise a compressed air system to breathe from should such an incident occur but because many drivers had no diving experience it was felt that additional education was required.
It was for this reason that the RYA approached Microdive to develop an elementary scuba-training programme, which could be integrated into the driver’s assessment process.
As a result the Microdive Basic Diver Course was created which has become a mandatory requirement for all powerboat drivers to complete prior to receiving their licence to race.
The assessment process is an annual requirement and is conducted by specialist facilitators such as Osprey rescue team who provide International surface support for this kind of activity.This programme has now been made available for the general public to enjoy.
RYA Powerboat Racing Officer Nikki Drummond is put through her paces in the racers dunk test and new microdive course...
On Sunday 17 March RYA Powerboat Racing Officer headed to Staffordshire to literally get her hair wet when she tried her hand at the Immersion Test and the new Microdive Basic Diver course.