- Training in Life Rafts: Instruction on the use, launching, and survival techniques associated with life rafts.
- Survival Techniques: Practical skills for staying alive in the sea, including staying warm and safe in a life raft.
- Lifejacket Design and Use: Information about different types of lifejackets and how to use them effectively.
- Understanding and Managing Hypothermia: Education on how to recognize, prevent, and treat hypothermia.
- Search and Rescue Operations: Insights into how search and rescue operations work and how to assist in your own rescue.
- Practical Pool Session: A hands-on experience in a swimming pool to simulate entering and being in a life raft, and using a lifejacket in wet conditions.
- Expert Instruction: Guidance from experienced sea survival instructors.
- Course Materials: Educational resources and materials relevant to sea survival.
- Equipment for Practical Session: Provision of life rafts and lifejackets for the practical pool session, with the option for participants to bring their own gear.
RYA Sea Survival
Dates available upon request. We maintain a list and start a course when enough students enroll. Sign up using the ‘reserve’ button.
What will you learn
- Life Rafts
- Survival Techniques
- Lifejacket Design
- Search and Rescue Techniques
- Practical Pool Session
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The RYA Sea Survival course is a comprehensive training program designed for all small craft users, emphasizing the importance of survival knowledge in emergency situations at sea. The course focuses on liferafts, their equipment, and survival techniques, teaching participants how to launch rafts and actions to take immediately and in the longer term. It covers lifejacket design, hypothermia, and Search and Rescue techniques. A key feature is a two-hour practical pool session where students can use their own wet weather gear and lifejackets to experience real-life challenges of entering a liferaft in adverse conditions. This hands-on course, led by experienced instructors, is vital for those undertaking the RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course and is required for commercial endorsements on Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster
08:00 – 08:30: Registration and Introduction
Welcome and course overview.
Introduction to instructors and fellow participants
08:30 – 10:00: Theory Session – Life Rafts and Survival Techniques
Types and features of life rafts.
Basic survival techniques in life rafts.
10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 11:45: Theory Session – Lifejackets and Hypothermia
Understanding different lifejacket designs and their use.
Recognizing and managing hypothermia.
11:45 – 13:00: Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:15: Theory Session – Search and Rescue Operations
Overview of search and rescue operations.
How to effectively assist in your own rescue.
14:15 – 14:30: Break
14:30 – 16:30: Practical Pool Session
Hands-on experience with life rafts and lifejackets in a pool setting.
Simulating emergency scenarios and practicing survival techniques.
16:30 – 17:00: Debrief and Q&A
Discuss experiences and learnings from the practical session.
Final questions and course wrap-up.
17:00: Course Completion
Distribution of completion certificates.
Farewells and end of the course.
The road to RYA Yachtmaster
Ahoy there! So, you’ve dipped your toes into the boundless seas with your Competent Crew certificate snug in your pocket, and now you’re eyeing the horizon, where the proud title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits. Well, my friend, you’re in for an exhilarating voyage, one that’s as rewarding as it is challenging.
First off, remember this: becoming a Yachtmaster isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s a journey of transformation. You’re not just learning skills; you’re becoming a mariner. And what a journey it is!
Step 1: Building Experience After your Competent Crew adventure, it’s time to rack up those nautical miles. Get yourself aboard as many different boats as you can. Each vessel has its own quirks and charms, much like people. You’ll learn how to handle a sprightly 30-footer and a grand 50-foot yacht, each teaching you lessons in humility and confidence.
Step 2: Day Skipper – Taking the Helm Next, you’ll want to earn your Day Skipper qualification. Here’s where you move from crew to commander, learning the art of navigation, pilotage, boat handling, and the fine craft of leading a crew. It’s not just about charts and compasses; it’s about growing a leader’s spine. You’ll start making decisions, and remember, a decision, right or wrong, is often better than no decision at all.
Step 3: Advanced Skills and Coastal Skipper Now, onto the Coastal Skipper. This is where the game gets upped. You’ll be dealing with complex passages, night sailing, and refining those sailing skills till they shine like a polished bell. Coastal Skipper isn’t just a title; it’s a statement. It says you can take a boat and crew safely through challenging waters and bring them home with tales to tell.
Step 4: Mastering Theory Don’t forget the books! Yachtmaster theory is no walk in the park. You’ll delve into advanced navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, and safety. It’s like learning to play chess; every piece moves differently, and you need to think several moves ahead.
Step 5: Gaining More Sea Miles Before you can stand for the Yachtmaster exam, you need a bag full of sea miles and some solid skippering experience. These aren’t just numbers; they’re your stories, your trials, and your triumphs.
Step 6: The Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Finally, you’re ready for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It’s a practical test of your sailing ability, your leadership, and your wits. You’ll be tested on everything from man-overboard recovery to handling the yacht in rough weather. It’s intense, but remember, the sea doesn’t compromise, and neither does the Yachtmaster standard.
Becoming a Yachtmaster Offshore isn’t just about mastering the seas; it’s about mastering yourself. It’s a title that speaks of salt in your hair, wind in your face, and a depth of experience that only the sea can teach. So, set your sights, brave mariner, for the journey is grand, and the title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits you with open arms!