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Sea Survival

Most yachts and powerboats carry a liferaft as well as other safety equipment.  Many people who go to sea have never seen one inflated!  Britannia offers two options of Sea Survival courses, if you are planning to sail in local waters option one will be ideal. For those going further afield then option two would be more suitable.

Option One: RYA Sea Survival Course

The one day RYA/MCA Basic Sea Survival course for Small Craft is intended for anyone who regularly goes to sea in any kind of vessel. The course covers the selection and use of a variety of safety equipment, flares, lifejackets etc. The course includes the opportunity to inflate and climb aboard a real liferaft in the controlled environment of a  swimming pool.

We are pleased to be able to offer this course in conjunction with  one of the largest suppliers of small craft safety equipment in the UK. Students are required to bring along old clothes (including waterproofs if you have them) for the practical exercise, if you have your own lifejacket then this is also your chance to find out how it works! Students will be awarded the RYA/MCA Basic Sea Survival certificate and provided with course notes and refreshments.

Course fee: 145 (inc VAT)
Next course: Please call for further details

Option Two: MCA Personal Survival Techniques to STCW 95

This is our premiere course.  It is held in a large purpose built pool, where realistic weather conditions can be created, preparing you for the most extreme conditions you are likely to face.  This is an ideal confidence booster for safety as participants learn how to manage the toughest of conditions and advanced survival techniques.  Extreme conditions are simulated with wave and rain machines and night time lighting so you can learn how to deploy and right liferafts, use flares and cope confidently with the unexpected.  "People who are well trained and know what to expect never panic!"


The course delivers a basic knowledge and practice of survival techniques and principles that can be applied to maximise the probability of survival following a marine casualty.

The course will address the following:

  • Actions prior to abandonment of the vessel

  • Basic principles of survival

  • Types of survival equipment provided on board ships

  • Training and drills

  • Correct use of the lifejacket and entering the water from a height

  • Launching of a life raft.  Righting of a capsized life raft

  • Wet and dry boarding of a life raft.  Bringing aboard an injured casualty

  • Hypothermia and other medical factors

  • Life raft first aid

  • Life raft equipment

  • Actions to aid location by rescuers

Training is delivered through a combination of theory and practical sessions.  Delegates are continually assessed during the course.

There are no specific delegate pre-requisites for this course.  This course does include some physical activity.

Course fee: 220 (inc VAT)
Next course:  Please contact for next available date