Short Training Courses

Our programme of one-day support courses enables you to expand your knowledge and skills in specialist areas. They are great as stand-alone courses, but also complement courses in our various practical training schemes.

These short courses are a great introduction to the many additional skills required by the all –round skipper or crew.

FIRST AID CERTIFICATE. A one-day course covering all the usual first-aids subjects, but from a boating prospective. Aimed at everyone going afloat. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations.

The subjects specific to boating include:

• the recovery position in a confined space
• CPR, including the drowning protocol
• cold shock and hypothermia fromimmersion and/or exposure
• seasickness and dehydration
• medical assistance or advice by VHF
• helicopter rescue

MARINE RADIO SHORT RANGE CERTIFICATE. A one-day course for anyone owns a fixed or hand held marine VHF radio.

Course topics include:

• the basics of radio operation
• the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
• distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
• making ship to shore telephone calls
• Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
• Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
• Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
• Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.

SEA SURVIVAL CERTIFICATE. A one-day course for anyone going to sea, providing an understanding of how to use the safety equipment on board your boat. A genuine lifesaver.

Course topics include:

• liferafts and the equipment they contain
• survival techniques
• the design of lifejackets
• medical aspects of sea survival
• search and rescue techniques

An important part of the course is a practical session in a swimming pool.