Sea Survival

Key Course Details

Duration: 1 day

Time: 9am to 5pm

Group Size: Usually 12

Min Age: From 12

Price: £150



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Course Aim

“This course will arm you with the practical and theoretical skills to cope in an emergency situation. Practical time is spent in a pool with a liferaft”

Course Duration

1 day from 9am to 5pm. The course includes a two hour pool session.

Instructor to Student Ratio

The  maximum number of attendees of 16.

Prior Experience Required

None! The course though best suits those that already have an interest in boating and have a basic level of knowledge as this course builds on that knowledge.

The course requires you to enter the water and requires a level of physical capability. Please contact us in the event that you are at all unsure you are fit enough for this course.

Course Dates

Throughout the year we run Sea Survival courses every month as part of our STCW95 courses.

If you are a commercial or governmental organisation, a yacht club or a group of people then we can organise a course to suit you. We regularly run courses for local sailing clubs, charities and Fire & Rescue units and are very happy to visit your base/club/office.

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Minimum Age


We are generally happy for a child over 12 to attend a course with their parent/guardian. Children over 16 can attend a normal course at any time but we must have the parent/guardians specific permission  – please call to discuss.

The Course

This is an excellent course that gives a real insight into safety at sea and the use of safety equipment which could one day make all of the difference.

Subjects covered on your course:

  • Preparation for sea survival
  • Lifejackets and liferafts
  • Practical wet drill
  • Principals of survival
  • Search and rescue

See full syllabus – here

This course is aimed at

The course appeals to a variety of people:

  1. Everyone with an interest in ensuring their, and their families, chances of survival in the event of an incident at sea
  2. Those seeking to work commercially – it is mandatory.


Syllabus for the RYA Sea Survival Course

Module 1. Preparation for sea survival
 – Survival difficulties
 – Survival requirements
 – Equipment available
 – Training drill sand their importance
 – Actions prior to abandonment

Module 2. Lifejackets and liferafts
– Lifejacket: Design and construction (ISO12402); correct donning procedure, purpose and use; entering the water from a height
 – Safety harnesses: Design and construction (ISO12402); purpose and use; securing arrangements
 – Liferafts: Standards – SOLAS, ISAF, ISO; stowage and containment onboard; design and construction; launching a deck stowed liferaft; abandoning the vessel; righting of a capsized liferaft; helping the injured persons onboard; liferaft equipment; initial actions to be taken in a liferaft

Module 3. Practical wet drill
 – Liferaft launching
 – Boarding dry and wet
 – Jumping from the poolside or from one meter board
 – Methods to increase survival once in water
 – Helping injured persons
 – Raft capsize drill
 – Final abandonment exercise

Module 4. Principles of survival


 – Cold conditions: Cold shock; signs and symptons of hypothermia; methods of treatment
 – Hot conditions: signs and symptoms of sunburn, heat exhaustion and heatstroke; methods of treatment
 – Location: Survival routines to aid location; correct use of pyrotechniques; use of other locational aids
 – Water: Water rationing – procedures; problems related to dehydration and preventative measures; collection of water
 – Food: Food rationing; Sources of food: types of food

Survival craft ailments: Frostbite and immersion foot; urine retention; constipation; salt water boils etc

4 stages of survival: Medical aspects of survival; secondary actions; subsequent actions; raft management

Module 5. Search and rescue
 – Rescue by helicopter or vessel
 – Role of HM Coastguard
 – UK and International SAR Organisation
 – Other services

Sea Survival - Enquire

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