Nine Bute students have successfully completed the inaugural five-day RYA Day Skipper Shore-based course delivered by Argyll College UHI in Rothesay.
After four days of intensive study, the students all successfully completed the RYA examination and were awarded their Day Skipper Shorebased certificates.
The course tutor, Angus Fergusson, an instructor at sportscotland’s national water sports centre on Cumbrae, was impressed with the wide experience backgrounds of the students.
“Some had little or no experience whilst others were keen yachtsmen,” he said.
“Being able to swap stories and experiences throughout the course really helped with making the course relevant.”
Lewis McMillan, a 16-year-old Rothesay Academy pupil, commented: “What surprised me was how challenging the course was.
“The chart work was the most interesting part of the course for me. I own my own fishing trawler and the course is really going to help me with my job.”
All the students seemed to have enjoyed the course and one student, Steve Reid, added that he had been particularly impressed with the professionalism and patience of the tutor.
This was the first time Argyll College had run this intensive course in Rothesay and the college is already taking enquiries for the next course date in February 2013.