RYA Safety Boat Course
This course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying. It is strongly recommended that a member of the rescue crew should hold a first aid certificate (or should have experience of first aid).
Adult Members £120, Adult Non-members £200
Should have a basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers.
RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course
2 days or equivalent number of sessions
Preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users .
Qualification gained on successful completion
Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing.
Predominantly practical but with some classroom elements.
Student / instructor ratio
- Use of boats, training materials and equipment.
- Course handbook, certificate and syllabus/logbook.
- Types of boats used: "planing" boats, i.e. RIBS, Pioneers and Rigiflex i.e. boats that lift up and move across, rather than through the water when at speed, and powered by outboard engines.
What you should bring
- Depending on the time of year, the Galley may be open for the purchase of breakfast, lunch and hot and cold drinks. If it will not be, you will be advised in advance so that you can bring your own food. Hot water will always be available.
- If you already have a syllabus/logbook, please bring it with you, including any certificates attached inside.
- What should I wear?
- Powerboating is a cold activity (much colder than sailing) so we advise to come well-wrapped up; you can always remove layers if you are too hot. It is much harder to get warm again if you get cold.
- Buoyancy aid of correct specification e.g. adult 50N (one will be provided if you do not have your own)
- Waterproof trousers and coat; wet weather gear even better!
- Correct seasonal clothing and additional warm layers. Thin thermal layers are great for layering.
- Appropriate enclosed footwear. Wellingtons, or shoes you don't mind getting wet are good. Remember wet feet get cold, so dinghy boots, we find, aren't great. No flip-flops or open-toed shoes please, in case you stub your toe!
- Appropriate seasonal hat and gloves
- Water bottle
- Change(s) of clothing
The following form part of this event:
Please visit the club website to book this event.
Last updated 7:10pm on 2 December 2023