It is relatively uncommon but if there is an emergency at sea it is a well proven fact that people who have received the right training are more likely to live to tell the tale. If you understand how to use the equipment and how to help yourself your chances of survival are greatly increased. Our Sea Survival Courses are held in London and Southampton.
This is a one day course held in a classroom and a swimming pool. You will learn about and handle safety equipment. You will learn how to use it in an emergency.
An important part of the course is a practical session in a swimming pool where you get to experience first hand the problems of entering an uncooperative liferaft and assisting others whilst fully clothed and with a lifejacket on.
The one day RYA Sea Survival course is held in London or Southampton. If there is sufficient demand we can hold it at your office wherever you are in the UK, providing we can access to a nearby pool. An RYA Sea Survival course book is included in the price and an RYA Sea Survival certificate is given at the end of the course.
What would you do if you had to board a life-raft at night or in bad weather?
The day starts at 9.30am with the classroom based element of the course. There you will learn about crucial safety equipment, flares, life-rafts, distress beacons and lifejackets – their safe use and operation with an opportunity to examine the equipment at close quarters.
The second part of the course is in the nearby pool. Wearing clothes, you will put on lifejackets and practise boarding a life-raft from the water. A lot of fun and quite revealing just how difficult it would be in extremis. Click on this link to see a video of the course in action!
This course is a prerequisite for a percentage of the crew competing in events such as the Rolex Fastnet Race that takes place every 2 years and the Rolex Sydney Hobart race.
The RYA Sea Survival can be used towards the commercial endorsement to work in the industry. This applies to the Day Skipper and Yachtmaster qualifications.
The Sea Survival Course is one part of the RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Qualification. Formally known as the RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course.
To get the RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Qualification you must do this Sea Survival course and the World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course. The two courses may be taken in any order.
If you have attended the RYA Sea Survival Course within the last five years then you need only attend the RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course.
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For the pool session of the RYA Sea Survival course you should bring some old clothes or oilskins if you have some. You are not allowed any footwear in the pool [local rules]. It is not a particularly good idea to use a good set of oilies as the chlorine does them no good.
If you wish to bring your own lifejacket you may do so – it might be a good idea to see how it performs. If you do not bring a lifejacket one will be provided.
You should also bring paper and pen for note taking
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