Boat Club quartet pass RYA course

Left to right, Steve Wellstead, Mark Holden, Celia Price, Sam Hill and, standing, Shan Stokes.


FOUR members of Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club have been celebrating after achieving their qualifications as launch drivers and their RYA Level Two licence.

Junior co-ordinator Steve Wellstead, coach Mark Holden, daytime rowers vice captain Sam Hill and coach Celia Price passed the qualifications on the RYA course which focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving and collision regulations.

“Safety is a matter that we take most seriously here at Stratford upon Avon Boat Club not only for our members, especially the Junior Squad, but also for all river users and the general public,” said Shân Stokes, Stratford Boat Club’s safety advisor.

“All our safety and training launch drivers are all put through rigorous RYA Level 2 training to ensure that they are up to the highest standards and comply with British Rowing’s recommendations. We are especially pleased to see four more volunteers join the rota.”