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RYA / MCA Basic Sea Survival

1 day: £150.00

Yachting is one of the safest leisure sporting activities and 99.9% of yachtsmen will never use their liferafts. However if you are one of the unlucky few, your chances of survival will be greatly increased if you understand how to use the equipment and how to help yourself. It is a well proven fact that, in the event of an emergency at sea, people who have received training are more likely to survive.

The RYA Small Craft Sea Survival course is a must for anyone who wants to go to sea.




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Suggested Previous Experience




Course Content

The RYA one day Sea Survival course is a genuine lifesaver. Designed for small craft users, the course provides an understanding of how to use the safety equipment found on small vessels. Liferafts, the equipment they contain and survival techniques form the central part of the course. Other topics covered include the design of lifejackets, medical aspects of sea survival and search and rescue techniques.

There is a practical session in the pool where students are encouraged to gain first hand experience of the problems of entering and assisting the entrance of others into an inflated and uncooperative liferaft whilst fully kitted out.

The RYA Sea Survival Handbook - G43 is included in the cost of your course and this will be provided on arrival for your course.

The course is hands-on and can be fairly strenuous. If you have any concerns about fitness or health issues, please contact our administration for advice.

The full syllabus is contained in the RYA Logbooks G158 that can be purchased from our office. 


Course Options

An intensive one day course starting at 0930 hrs.

The ISAF Offshore Safety Certificate is a new two day course mainly intended for racing crews, please click here for details.



RYA/DoT Small Craft Basic Sea Survival Certificate (valid for commercial craft up to 24 metres).




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 Harness - purpose and use

Liferafts - stowage and containment on board; types, design and construction; launching; abandoning the vessel and boarding liferaft; righting a capsized liferaft; 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 Organisations; other services.

East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com