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RYA Sea Survival (1 Day)

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RYA Sea Survival (1 Day)


Essential safety at sea course


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About This Course

A one-day course RYA Sea Survival course for skippers and crews

This course provides an understanding of how to survive a critical situation at sea.

Crews who have undergone the RYA Sea Survival course are more likely to survive a critical situation at sea. This one day course will enable you to experience boarding a liferaft and deploying your lifejacket in the calm waters of a heated pool. Survival techniques will be taught and experienced enabling you to gain confidence in the use of safety equipment on board a sailing yacht.

At the end of the RYA Sea Survival course you will have a good knowledge of the safety equipment carried on small boats and the seamanship techniques needed to survive at sea in heavy weather. Although sailing is one of the safest leisure sporting activities and it is highly unlikely that you will ever need to board a liferaft your chances of survival in the event of an emergency will be greatly increased if you have received training in sea survival and offshore safety.

An important part of the course is a practical session in a swimming pool. Experience first hand the problems of entering an liferaft and assisting others while wearing full wet weather gear and an inflated lifejacket.

Duration1 DayMaximum students : instructorGosport 16:
LocationGosportMinimum age16
What’s includedSea Survival book
Tea, coffee and biscuits
ExtrasLunch can be purchased locally or you can bring your own
WhenAll Year 0900hrs – 17.30hrsAccommodationNon residential although we may be able to provide accommodation on one of our yachts for £20.00 per night.
Let us know aboutAny special requirements and needsCost£120.00 including latest Sea Survival Book

The aim of the course is to give an understanding of how to use the safety equipment carried on small boats, including a practical session in launching and boarding a liferaft.

Pre-course knowledge – Nil

  1. Preparation for sea survival
  • Survival difficulties
  • Survival requirements
  • Equipment available
  • Actions prior to abandonment
  1. Lifejackets and liferafts
  • Lifejacket design and construction – correct donning procedure, purpose and use of lifejackets
  • Safety harness – purpose in use
  • Liferafts – towage and containment on board – types, design and construction, launching – abandoning the vessel and boarding liferaft – righting a capsized liferaft – liferaft equipment – initial actions to be taken in a liferaft
  1. Principles of survival
  • Methods to increase chances of survival
  • Signs, symptoms and treatment of hypothermia
  • Symptoms, method of treatment for sunburn, heat exhaustion and heatstroke
  • Survival routines to aid location
  • Correct use of pyrotechnics and other location aids
  • Water rationing – procedures
  • Dehydration and preventative measures
  • Food rationing and sources of food
  1. Survival craft ailments
  2. Raft Management
  • Azimuth stabilization
  1. Search and rescue
  • Rescue by helicopter or vessel
  • Role of HM Coastguard
  • UK and International SAR Organisation
  • Other services

Very thorough and really well done. I walked away wishing he was the skipper on my boat!

Sue – Sea Survival, February 2017