Question: Does the Extreme RIB Experience Southampton run all year round?
Answer: The Extreme RIB Experience Southampton runs seasonal from March to October.
Question: How long does the Extreme RIB Experience Southampton last?
Answer: Your Extreme RIB Experience in Southampton will last around 90 minutes. This includes 15 - 20 minutes of safety briefing.
Question: How many people can you fit in on the Extreme RIB Experience in Southampton?
Answer: The maximum group size for the Extreme RIB Experience Southampton is 12.
If you were to line up all the experiences we offer on an 'Extreme-o-Meter', the Southampton RIB Ride with SeaDogz would come pretty high! If you were hoping to read a blog post about a relaxing, chilled out boat ride on Southampton Marina, then I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place.
Arriving in Southampton at midday, Robb and I met the SeaDogz team at Pitcher & Piano where we became acquainted over a few cups of coffee. I can't stress enough how friendly these guys are, nothing was too much trouble and we felt totally at ease preparing for the ride. Once the cameras were set up, the rest of the participants arrived and we donned our waterproofs before beginning the safety briefing.
The anticipation was really building as we headed down to the pontoon. I knew we were going on a fast boat ride, but I didn't realise just how fast the RIB could go until we were told all four and a half tonnes would leave the water and crash back down, powered by a 600 horsepower engine! We were taught the correct stance to hold while on the boat (knees bent, weight on the thighs), and that it was imperative we hold on to the handles at all times. Although no one had ever fallen out before, there was still a possibility it could happen - especially with me on board!
Sitting in our allocated seats, it was time to head out onto the open water. Luckily for us it was a lovely day, so the journey from the pontoon out past the speed restriction area was thoroughly pleasant. A nice extra touch was the addition of music to the trip, which started with the SeaDogz theme tune, 'Who Let The Dogs Out', the James Bond theme music, and general pumping dance tunes for the rest of the ride!
We were given no warning for when the speed would suddenly kick up, only the passing 'End of Speed Restriction Zone' sign. Instantly we were flying across the water, jumping over waves and taking sharp corners around buoys, reaching speeds of 70mph! It felt like riding a rodeo bull, or a rollercoaster without the safety harness, or a race horse - I think I'm fully prepared to compete in the Grand National now!
There were several other boats out on the water, from small dinghies to huge ferries, which produced rolling waves just perfect for skimming across. Our skipper called it 'loitering with intent', as we'd slalom in and out of these boats seeking the biggest waves for maximum jump height, like our own personal skate park.
Towards the end we slowed down for a few photos, and a brief history of the buildings nearby, including Calshot Castle which was built by Henry VIII in 1540. We then shot off again for a few more laps before attempting an 'emergency stop' (basically you reach full speed then very sharply spin the boat to the right - thankfully no one fell out), before heading back into Ocean Village Marina.
The trip ended with a couple more 'after' photos, which involved some very lovely wind-styled hair, before heading home.
This is definitely up there with the most exciting experiences we offer. For those looking for extreme thrills and adrenaline-pumping action, I can't recommend a Southampton RIB Ride enough. Huge thanks to SeaDogz for inviting us along and being such great hosts!
Extreme RIB Experience Southampton
This week I’ve been talking to Annabelle from SeaDogz RIB Charter about their extreme powerboat experiences in Southampton. Whether you want to gather a group of friends and compete in a treasure hunt, or go on a thrilling ride round the famous Isle of Wight Needles, SeaDogz have something for everyone.
1) Please explain your journey as 'SeaDogz RIB Charter' so far.
All of our Skippers and crew members come from a background of working for Lifeboat charities, and so we have a strong interest in the safety side of RIB Experiences. Our aim as a company is to show you what these amazing boats are capable of in the right hands, when driven by highly trained and experienced skippers. All of our experiences are carefully planned to not only be fast, exciting and extreme- but also safe and affordable.
The best part of the job has got to be running the experiences- it's hard work, but worth it when you see people enjoying the experience, hearing them scream and reading their reviews.
What keeps us interested? The customers- everyone is different and no two trips are the same! While we work hard to make the trips enjoyable, having a great group of people on board makes our job seem like a day out. The customer feedback helps us improve our experiences and develop new ones. We are always looking for new experiences and are constantly thinking up new ideas for charters and experiences.
2) What has been the biggest or most memorable event you've provided?
As a company no, but individually some of our Skippers were awarded the Queens medal in the Jubilee year for their services to lifeboats.
3) Is there any inside information you can give us?
Don't wait for good weather to book! Rougher seas make for a more exciting trip and don't worry about the rain- we will be getting you wet anyway!
To get the most out of the experiences charter a boat- that way we can fit the trip to you and make the experience exactly what you want it to be. If you have never been on a RIB before then we recommend the 60min RIB Taster- it's a great way to show you what these boats can do- and will leave you wanting more!
4) Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you'd like to tell us about?
We are always looking to come up with different ideas for experiences- we aim to offer a wide variety at difference prices to suit different budgets. As the company grows we are adding more boats to our fleet and taking on new staff who come with new skills and ideas for us to develop.
5) What would you say is your most frequently asked question?
Q: How much do the boats cost?
A: Our RIBs are custom made for our requirements and the current market value is around £120,000.00 per boat
Q: How fast to they go?
A: top speed is around 55-60knots depending on weather and sea conditions.
Q: How many people on a boat? Will we be on the same boat?
A: There is seating for 12 passengers, plus the skipper and crew. If you book at the same time then you will be on the same boat. (groups of more than 12 will be split across 2 or more boats)
Q: Are the any restrictions?
A: yes- the minimum age is 8 and all under 18's must be accompanied by a participating adult. The experiences are not suitable for those with a bad back, neck or leg injuries and pregnant women. It is a high impact experience so you need to be fit and healthy. If you don't like boats or the water then this is not going to be the experience for you.
Q: What do we need to wear?
A: Dress for the outdoors and appropriate for the weather. Waterproofs are recommended as you may get wet. You can either bring your own or hire ours. All lifejackets and necessary equipment will be provided.
Any other information you'd like to add.
We do exactly what it says on the tin. When we say it’s fast- it’s fast! When we say extreme, we mean it!
Check out the full range of Sea Dogz experiences, here:
Extreme RIB Experience in Southampton
Isle of Wight Needles Rib Experience – 12 People
RIB and Cruiser Boating Experience in Southampton
RIB Treasure Hunt in Southampton – 12 People
Ultimate RIB Charter Experience in Southampton – 12 People
Group Size & Spectators:
The powerboat can hold up to twelve people. This particular ride is not suitable for spectators, as you'll be out of sight quite quickly! If family and friends want to accompany you, they are very welcome to wait at the marina while you enjoy your powerboat experience. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and bars to keep them occupied while you are out on the water!
The 90 minute Southampton extreme powerboat experience runs 7 days a week from March to October. All bookings are subject to availability.
This is a 90 minute experience that includes a 15-20 minute briefing. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
This 90 minute Southampton extreme powerboat ride is dependent on the weather, and may be cancelled due to safety concerns in inclement weather. If this happens on the day of your experience, the centre will contact you to let you know and will endeavour to book you in again at your earliest convenience.
You will be provided with all necessary safety equipment on the day of your powerboat experience. If you wish to hire waterproofs, these are available for £5 each at the centre.
Dress for the weather on the day of your RIB ride - warm layers in winter and light clothing in summer. Trainers or flat boots are ideal. We recommend sunscreen and sunglasses when it's hot, and you should also bring a change of clothing for after the powerboat ride - you might get sprayed quite a bit!
Participants must be over 8 years old to enjoy the 90 minute RIB ride in Southampton. All children taking part in the RIB ride must be tall enough to hold themselves onto the jockey seats on the boat. Participants legs must be at least 24 inches to sit properly on the RIB. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult for the RIB ride. There must be one adult present for each child under the age of 16.
The maximum weight for this RIB powerboat experience is 18 stone. You should be physically fit enough to to enjoy the Solent RIB experience, as it is a high-impact boat ride. The powerboat experience is unfortunately not suitable for pregnant women, or anyone suffering with a bad back or neck. Any medical conditions that might affect your experience must be disclosed when booking your actual experience day.