Changes have been made to two of RCR’s well-known and ever popular maintenance courses for the 2013 season. This year the electrical courses will be run by Howard Williams, and the Maintenance course by Keith Duffy. These courses were previously presented by Tony Brookes who is now retired.
Keith Duffy has also joined as a
course tutor specialising in mechanical engineering. Keith maybe a familiar
face to those who’ve used River Canal Rescue’s services in the past as he used
to work for RCR and was one of their first employees. A former RAF trained
aircraft engineer with 43 years engineering experience and blue water sailor,
Keith has now retired but enjoys teaching other people how to maintain and
problem solve their own mechanical problems. He can still be found on the waterways helping boaters and also supports RCR junior engineers in their roles.
Howard Williams was apprenticed as
an electrical technician and is now an Approved Electrician and
British Marine Electrical Association Marine Electrical Technician. He has a personal interest in boats
and hired on many occasions before buying his first boat in 2000. Howard carries out electrical work
on and around boats on a day to day basis. This includes all types of work from
emergency call out to rectify faults to full wiring of new boats from scratch.
Howard like to keep up to date on new developments and as a result he’s
confident that he will be able to offer those attending the course an
informative, educational; but most importantly an enjoyable: time, and looks
forward to meeting new learners."
Stephanie Horton, RCR’s MD said,
“The new format of the courses has taken the excellent content of our previous
courses, and the RYA requirements but added in more practical and hands on
activities, we have looked at the key elements that boaters want to achieve
from the course and condensed it to ensure that everyone comes away with real
skills that they can put in to action on their own boat”.
Details of the courses can be foudn on the RCR webpages www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk