The Maritime Volunteer Service by Ian Price-Smith Not only be out on the water but learn to be part of the crew, drive the boats yourself, and maybe become a skipper on one or more of the boats Would you like to be out on the water on boats ranging from jet skis, to ribs large and small, to powered launches both traditional and modern? Play a part by not only receiving training but also by sharing your knowledge and helping to train others Help to provide the services that MVS Poole provide to the community in and around Poole Harbour So what does the Maritime Volunteer Service in Poole do? MVS provides training and experience in all aspects of maritime activity both in the classroom and on the water Training is available for all members who range from those with little or no experience of the water to those with a wealth of experience We have classroom facilities within the Port of Poole to provide theoretical training We have a number of boats of different types and designs to give members the experience of a variety of boat handling techniques We provide regular MVS designed training on a variety of topics and a number of RYA courses both on and off the water
The breadth of MVS Poole membership experience serves to provides advice and guidance on all aspects of the maritime environment on a day to day basis MVS supports the local community with its water based activities Using the skills and experience of its members, MVS deploys its vessels to assist the Harbour Master in patrolling the harbour. We provide support to the Bournemouth Air Festival, assisting in the marshalling of spectator boats and maintaining a safety exclusion zone beneath the air displays We provide skippers and crew to the Poole based Green Island Holiday Trust charity to assist in the water based parts of the holidays they provide using St Elin, their 8 metre twin engine Cheetah Marine catamaran. MVS also has access to this vessel to complement our own vessels for training and operational activities We patrol the water ski and jet ski areas of the harbour to ensure that these activities are safely carried out in their designated areas and nowhere else in the harbour We patrol the areas in the vicinity of the Poole Bridge and Twin Sails Bridge to ensure safe and orderly passage under these bridges We give safety support to waterborne activities in the harbour such as the annual round Brownsea Island swimming and canoeing races and the Poole Maritime Festival event Interested? MVS Poole is a diversity aware organisation open to anyone over the age of 18 of all levels of ability and disability and provides an economical way for anyone to gain access to the water Contacts Go to www.mvspoole.org.uk for details of the Poole Unit or if you would prefer call the Head of Unit, Nigel Barrow on 07780 112548 Photos courtesy of Karl Chant
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