FRC to Run Canadian WBV Courses

Press Release
Thursday, March 14, 2013
RIB on a Wave: Photo credit FRC

FRC International is running the first programme of ‘Back To Back’ Whole Boat Vibration (WBV) courses in Canada this April.

The lead for these courses is the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Navy, being part of a move to improve sea safety.  Attendance is open to all organisations operating RHIBs & planing craft, as well as builders, equipment manufacturers and others in this industry.

Whole Boat Vibration on RHIBs and planing craft is a global problem that affects the health of crew and passengers. The FRC WBV Awareness Courses are relevant to all sectors affected by this major health and safety issue. This includes military, search & rescue, government agencies, local authorities, police, wind farm, oil & gas, thrill rides, charter, powerboat schools and all organisations operating  planing boats under 80 feet (24 metre).

The first two days of ‘Back To Back’ courses are in Ottawa at the Convention Centre. The WBV MANAGER course on Monday 8, April is followed by WBV Motion Analysis course on Tuesday 9, April. The second two days of ‘Back To Back’ courses are in Victoria BC at the Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt (CFFSE). The WBV MANAGER course on Thursday 11, April is followed by WBV Motion Analysis course on Friday 12 April. All courses run from 0900 to 1600. The course fee per person is US$500 to attend one day or US$900 to attend both days.

The one day WBV MANAGER course includes The Nautical Institute certificate. Launched in January 2012 this course brings together international best practice and industry standards. Over 400 personnel from 60 organisations have already attended. WBV MANAGER has been developed for decision makers, officers, senior coxswain, operations, training, health & safety, occupational health professionals, boat builders, equipment manufacturers and all managers involved with RHIBs & high speed craft (HSC).
The one day WBV Motion Analysis course includes The Nautical Institute certificate. Launched December 2012 this course has been developed from end-user and industry demands for concise, accurate RS & WBV information regarding planing craft. The course focuses firstly on what is relevant data, secondly how to gather accurate data and finally analysis methods. WBV Motion Analysis has been developed for all decision makers, operations managers, health & safety, mechanical engineers, naval architects, designers, boat builders and equipment manufacturers.

FRC International provides expertise for Fast Response Craft (FRC) personnel. This includes understanding risk, duty-of-care, legislation, evolving technologies plus new operational tasks and scenarios. Stopping fast craft operations is not a realistic option, but making them safer is essential. 

The next ‘Back To Back’ WBV courses are in The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Any maritime organisations wanting to run these courses in their location should register interest here.  For further information email


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