RYA MCA Sea Survival

RYA MCA Sea Survival Students paddling a life raft in simulated spray
RYA MCA Sea Survival Course in Southampton, Solent

RYA SEA SURVIVAL COURSE OVERVIEW:

The RYA / MCA course is for offshore race crews, cruising yachts, leisure power-boaters and sailors, professional seafarers, commercial operators and the fishing industry. It covers essential sea survival skills. 

If the worst ever happened at sea and you had to abandon your boat, would you know what to do? Our RYA MCA Sea Survival training course assumes the worst case scenario: that you have to abandon your yacht or ship. The Sea Survival course equips students with a grounding in core safety and survival techniques with some practical, hands-on demonstrations. Sea Survival Training is aimed at leisure yachtsmen and power-boaters as well as paid crew on vessels up to 3000GT. The RYA / MCA Sea Survival course is very popular among leisure and professional sailors and power-boaters and can be used as day 1 of the ISAF/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course, which is required by offshore race crews competing in events such as the RORC Fastnet, AZAB, ARC, RBI and Sydney Hobart race.

SEA SURVIVAL COURSE DURATION:

RYA Sea Survival Classroom

The Sea Survival training course takes one day (09:30 to 17:00) to complete and is run from our training centre in Southampton, making use of a local swimming pool. As one of our most popular training courses, it runs frequently (mid week and weekends). Please contact us if you would like to book the course on a specific date as we are happy to set up courses to accommodate individual needs wherever possible.

If you also want to complete the full ISAF/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course then you will find we generally run an World Sailing training day the day after our Sea Survival Course.

RYA Sea Survival Webinars

One three hour evening followed later by a 3 hour pool and flare firing sessions.

SEA SURVIVAL COURSE PRE REQUISITES:

The RYA MCA Sea Survival course is suitable for beginners and as such there are no pre-requisites, although a familiarity with boats is advantageous. As the theme of the day is preserving life this course is not suitable for young children, we do not put a minimum age on it but suggest secondary school age is a sensible minimum.

SEA SURVIVAL COURSE CONTENT:

Every yachtsman (power or sail) should attend this one-day course. The emphasis of the RYA Sea Survival course is on using life-rafts and the day includes a two-hour practical session in the pool, learning how to inflate, climb into, upright and survive in a life-raft. The course also covers a wide range of other survival issues, including helicopter rescue, immersion in cold water, and life jackets, as well as an outdoor practical session firing a live flare.

We hope you never need to use the skills gained on this course, but strongly believe that if the worst ever happened and yours and your crew’s lives depended on it, this training will prove invaluable and will help to preserve life.

The RYA Sea Survival course is one of the requirements for anyone who would like to commercially endorse their MCA / RYA Yachtmaster or MCA / RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence. The Sea Survival Course also makes up half of the World Sailing Offshore Safety Course.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR SEA SURVIVAL COURSE:

Sea Survival Classroom Course

  • Shorebased training, pool and life raft use
  • Live flare session
  • Loan of life jacket for the pool
  • RYA Sea Survival Handbook
  • RYA Sea Survival Certificate
  • Free (on street) Parking

Sea Survival Webinar Followed by Practical Session

  • 3 hour webinar
  • 3 hour practical sessions
    • Pool and life raft use
    • Loan of life jacket for the pool
    • Live flare firing
  • RYA Sea Survival Handbook
  • RYA Sea Survival Certificate

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN OUR SEA SURVIVAL COURSE:

  • Lunch (available to buy locally)
  • Wet weather gear (you will be offered hire kit for £5/person when booking)
  • Travel between the classroom and the pool. Most students car share. Be prepared to either drive, or contribute towards parking or a taxi as necessary. For the practical session which follow the webinar you can simply meet us at the pool.

OPTIONAL SURVIVAL COURSE EXTRAS:

RYA SEA SURVIVAL COURSE RATIOS:

Class sizes can be as low as 4 and may be upto 16. The course is delivered by a “Lead Instructor,” who is joined by a second staff member for the pool session. If the class size exceeds 8, you will be split into two groups for the pool session.

BOOKING THE SEA SURVIVAL COURSE:

If you wish to do the two-day ISAF/World Sailing Offshore Safety Course, it is made up of the one day Sea Survival course (which can be booked below) and the one day ISAF/World Sailing course. Most people take these courses in succession, but they can be taken at separate times. Please remember if you complete the ISAF /World Sailing course before the Sea Survival, we cannot issue your World Sailing certificate until you’ve completed the Sea Survival element.

WHY CHOOSE CHIEFTAIN TRAINING FOR YOUR RYA SEA SURVIVAL COURSE?

This is one of the most fun and enjoyable courses we teach and we work hard to make it as memorable as possible.

We want things to be as realistic as possible and don’t go for the boiler suit, tracksuits, or swimming costume approach that many of our competitors adopt. We strongly believe that you should experience what it is like climbing into a life raft wearing proper kit. During the classroom session you will have the opportunity to handle all of the items commonly found in a life raft as well as many other bits of equipment that are less common.

  • For the pool session we encourage everyone to wear foul weather gear or a dry suit.
  • For the pool session we issue everyone with a modern manual-inflation horseshoe style life jacket.
  • All students (over 18) are given the opportunity to fire a live flare.
  • In addition to our regular Southampton courses we are prepared to travel to you, if more convenient.

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