Duty Officer Training

We have TWO categories of Duty Officer - DO (Race), runs the club racing from the Committee Boat. With the assistance of the Boat Officer will ensure the days racing is run in a safe and proper manner.
The DO (Non-race) will supervise the club occasions when sailing is taking place and there is NO organised racing. This occurs on Tuesday evenings and sometimes on Bank Holidays. This person will need to be PB2 qualified and is expected to patrol the water with a rescue boat.

Duty Officer (Race)

The aim of this one day is to demistefy the Duty Officer’s role and show how easy it is. If you have 'had a go' at racing then you CAN be a Race Officer. The day is informal and limited to a maximum of 3 participants so that everyone can see properly what goes on.

The course will answer the following questions:

  • How is a course set?
  • What do the flags mean?
  • What do the horn signals mean?
  • When do the flags go up (then down)?
  • How do I calculate the results?
  • What responsibilities am I taking on?
  • Where are all the keys? Making the building secure?
  • How do the radios work?
  • What happens if I have a serious incident?

Find out what all the flags mean and what is involved in running the club for the day.
1100 – Gather for coffee and a discussion on course setting, flag sequences, the race timer, entering results into the computer etc.
Lunch (bring a sandwich)
1400 – One group run the first Saturday Race whilst the others act as mark layers. Enter results
1530 – Groups swap over and run the second Saturday Race. Enter result
By the end of the day you will have run at least one race, under the supervision of an experienced club member and hopefully you will feel sufficiently competent to have a go on your own. This course is acceptable as one days duty. Please swap dates on DutyMan if have already booked your dates.
Please book your place on the course on the dutyman rota (the course is free).Instructor: Simon King.
Course Date: Saturday 30th March.
Saturday 6th April
Saturday 20th April


Duty Officer (Non-Race)

All you need to know about opening and closing the club in a secure manner ie Tuesday free sailing or Scullers Duty Officer.
The aim of this one course is to pass on information about running the club on non-racing days (currently Tuesdays and some Bank Holidays).

Course Dates: - on demand. Speak to DutyMan (Stewart)


Pre-course reading for Duty Officer Courses

Please acquaint yourself with this material BEFORE doing the course

Racing at HSC Contains all you need to know about running races. Essential reading.
Duty Officer Guides Contains all you need to know about unlocking/securing the premises. Has all the keys codes - hence only available on application from the dutyman Stewart
Current Safety Notices: This page links to the email reminder received by the current weeks duty crews. It advises them of current safety issues at Hollowell.
Biosecurity: Advise to parents re our current rules regarding supervision of children while at the club.
Water Safety Policy:What we expect you to do and know, when you are in charge.


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