A training centre for watercraft [Jetski/powerboat] proficiency is to be set up at Jet Ski World in Palm Bay – and will be headed up by the UK’s youngest RYA [Royal Yacht Association] instructor.
Joshua Komolangan, 18, and dad Neil Logan took over the site at Hodges Gap in July this year and have carried out a full renovation, investing a total of £180,000.
Josh is the youngest RYA instructor in the UK after taking his qualifications as soon as he turned 18. Now he wants to pass that knowledge on and make sure Jetskiers and power boaters are safe out on the water by offering the one-day proficiency courses.
Former Ursuline student Josh said: “I have been into the sport for years and been doing it since I was extremely young. We Josh and dad) have been going to Jet Ski World for a long time and there have been different owners.
“We were quite good friends with the previous owner and the opportunity came about to take it on.
“I had a bit of money I inherited from my grandparent and thought it was a risk I wanted to take so invested 50/50 with my dad.
“It’s really interesting to be working around the sport we love.
“I’m the youngest ever person to become a PWC [personal watercraft] chief instructor and completed the course as soon as I turned 18. Now I am opening my own centre at Jet Ski World working closely with the RYA. It is about promoting safety and everyone in the sport having the relevant documentation.
“It should be open the end of this year or early next year and I will be doing PWC proficiency and instructor courses. You need a PWC proficiency t launch and be on the water, it’s a Jetski licence to show you are competent and safe on the water as it is an extreme sport and can be dangerous.
“I will be running the courses all year round with capacity for six people per day.”
Josh and Neil have completely overhauled the Jet Ski World café with a new interior/exterior and kitchen, changed menu and programme of events.
Neil, 46, said: “We have completely renovated the whole café and kitchen. It is family run with me and my wife Isabelle, Josh and our daughter Amelia.”
The family are extremely busy as they also own care homes in Margate with Josh working full-time and training to be a manager.
Josh said: “We have supported living in Margate which is what I do % of the time and I am training to be a manager. As soon as I finish there it is off to Jet Ski World.”
Jet Ski World is open Friday-Sunday during the off season and every day in the Summer.
There are currently Christmas events, a festive menu, Santa’s Grotto. There will be a Christmas party on December 15, from 5pm, with a three course meal and bring your own bottle. Festive entertainment, raffle in aid of RNLI. Booking required.