Course Overview

RYA Sea Survival is a one-day course is useful for all small craft users. It provides an understanding of how to use the safety equipment on board your boat and gives you essential knowledge of what to do in an emergency situation. Emergencies can happen anywhere – you don’t have to be offshore – making this course ideal for anyone who spends time on the water.

Liferafts, the equipment they contain and survival techniques form the central part of the RYA Sea Survival course. You will be taught about how to launch rafts, what the initial and subsequent actions in a raft are and receive some sound advice on longer term survival. Other topics covered include the design of lifejackets, hypothermia and Search and Rescue techniques.

RYA Sea Survival is a thought-provoking and hands-on course. It includes a two hour practical session in a pool and students are encouraged to bring along their own wet weather gear and lifejacket in order to experience first-hand the problems of entering and assisting the entrance of others, into an inflated and uncooperative liferaft whilst fully kitted out.

This certificate forms one day of the RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety course and is also required for those seeking commercial endorsements on a Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster™ Certificate of Competence qualification.

Price : £110.00

Pre-Course Experience

No experience required – Able to swim advantageous

Assumed Knowledge


Student Instructor Ratio



1 day course

Course Content

Liferafts and the equipment they contain, survival techniques, lifejackets, medical aspects of sea survival, search and rescue techniques.

Ability after Course

You will leave us with a good understanding of the safety equipment carried on small boats and the techniques needed to survive at sea in heavy weather or in an emergency. You will also be more aware of safety and have the confidence you desired from the course.

Course Syllabus
    • Preparation for sea survival
    • Survival difficulties
    • Survival requirements
    • Equipment available
    • Actions prior to abandonment
    • Lifejackets and liferafts
    • Lifejacket design and construction, correct donning procedure, purpose and use of lifejackets
    • Safety harnesses – purpose and use
    • Liferafts –stowage and containment on board types, design and construction launching abandoning the vessel and boarding liferaft righting a capsized liferaft equipment, initial actions to be taken in a liferaft
    • Principles of survival
    • Methods to increase chances of survival
    • Signs, symptoms and treatment of hypothermia
    • Symptoms, method of treatment for sunburn, heat exhaustion and heatstroke
    • Survival routines to aid location
    • Correct use of pyrotechnics and other location aids
    • Water rationing – procedures
    • Dehydration and preventative measures
    • Food rationing
    • Sources of food
    • Survival craft ailments
    • Raft management
    • Search and rescue
    • Rescue by helicopter or vessel
    • Role of HM Coastguard
    • UK and International SAR Organisation
    • Other services

    Demonstrate artificial ventilation & chest compression (CPR)

  • Demonstrate how to turn a casualty into the recovery position
  • Detail the treatment for shock
  • Apply direct pressure to a wound and control bleeding
  • Outline the treatment for asthma attacks, burns, diabetic emergencies, epilepsy and heart attacks
  • List the precautions needed when handling a spinal injury
  • Demonstrate how to immobilise a fracture
  • List actions needed to prepare for helicopter evacuation

What’s Included

All course materials, morning and afternoon tea. You will receive a RYA Basic Sea Survival Course Certificate on completion

What to Bring

You will need to bring a set of clean wet weather clothing and a lifejacket for the practical water session.


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