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Recommended Reading: Sailing magazines and newspapers, but this is not essential
Course Prerequisites: No assumed knowledge
Minimum Age: No minimum but Under 16’s must be accompanied by adult. Persons aged 16+ can be unaccompanied subject to other pre-requisites having been met
The RYA sea survival course is designed for all small craft users (Up to 24m in length)
The importance of having the knowledge to survive if you end up abandoning the vessel is essential for suvival.
It is a well documented fact that people with appropriate training are more likely to survive in life threatening situations with the appropriate knowledge, skills and training.
Knowing how to use the safety equipment by actually using and physically handling it is one way of familiarising yourself. This will assist greatly so you are ready if you are called to action.
Liferafts and the equipment they contain, survival techniques, and what to expect from being in a life-raft form the central part of the RYA Sea Survival course.
You will be taught how to launch liferafts, and experience what the initial and subsequent actions in a liferaft are. You will receive sound advice on longer term survival topics.
Other topics covered include the design and use of lifejackets, hypothermia and Search and Rescue techniques.
Courses run in a choice of two formats:
The RYA Sea Survival course includes a two – three hour practical session in a pool and students are encouraged to bring along their own wet weather gear and lifejacket, however this is provided if needed
This is a real opportunity to try out your own lifejacket and experience what its like with being in the water and wearing it.
The reason we ask you to wear the real equipment is in order to experience first hand for yourself the problems of entering the liferaft yourself and assisting the entrance into the raft of others.
This is a really hands-on course that is taught by an experienced Sea Survival instructor. It’s a phenomenally energetic course and the pool sessions are great fun.
You will get involved with the teamwork elements and experience how challenging self-survival can be.
You will have some amazing time in the pool and by the end of it had practical on hand experience of doing the drills.
This qualification is an essential part of the RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course and is also required for those seeking commercial endorsements on eligible qualifications.
This is a full-on day! You will need to provide your own transport to the swimming pool.
You will be entering the water with other students plus the instructor, and by the end of the day you will be tired but it will be worth it having learnt so much.
You will have moments where you will laugh and don’t be afraid to ask questions, its very much a participation course.
You will need to make sure you are well-hydrated in the swimming pool sessions as it is hard work but very rewarding.
This course is for anyone of any age who sails. The skills can help you survive if you end up in the worst situation where you have to abandon a vessel. I would heavily recommend the course to all water users.