John Laing at sea

Volunteer training

Online courses

Important upgrade information – EduCare has updated their online learning platform. If you are already a registered user, you should have been transferred to the new platform and received a new login email on 4th January 2018 (please check spam/junk mail if you haven’t received it). This email incudes a new username and password to log in to the new platform. If you have any problems logging in to the new platform, please email

OYT South offers a choice of fifteen online courses at the exceptional price of £10 for OYT South volunteers. A single £10 fee gives you access to all 15 courses but in practice you can choose to do as many or as few of them as you like.

We are asking all sea staff to complete the first two courses; all the others are currently optional but highly recommended. The following links will take you to PDF files describing each course:

Child Protection in Sport & Active Leisure (essential course unless you have done other child protection training in the last three years, in which case we will ask for details for our records)
Child Protection – Refresher (a three-yearly update for people who have previously completed the Child Protection in Sport & Active Leisure course)
Food Hygiene & Safety (essential course unless you already hold a qualification, in which case we will ask for details for our records) |

Preventing Bullying
Equality & Diversity
Personal Safety 2017
An introduction to Safety in Clubs
Safeguarding Adults
Safer Recruitment
Safeguarding Young People
Online Safety
First Aid Essentials
An introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation
Data Protection
An introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation

Signing up to do the courses couldn't be easier. Just pay via PayPal, using the button below. If you are an active OYT South volunteer, you just pay the special price of £10. Others will pay £25. If you are not sure which rate applies to you, please ask.

Once your payment has been processed, you will be sent a link to the Educare website with a username and password (this may take several days) and can then get on and complete your chosen course(s).

Online courses

** Please note: some people have reported problems loading some of the modules for these courses. There is a temporary fix: go to "Tools" at the top of your browser page and select "Clear internet history" or "Clear recent history". This seems to allow the modules to load successfully. We are seeking a better long-term solution from Educare!

You will receive a personalised certificate on successful completion of any course.

OYT South will receive reports on which of our volunteers have successfully completed any course, so we can keep our records up to date.

This modular, bite-size format provides an easy way to learn the essentials. It's entirely flexible - once you have started a course, it can be saved at any point and you can come back later to where you left off. There is confirmation of the correct answers to reinforce your knowledge as you go along; and you can refer back to the course content whilst completing each module's questionnaire.

If you fail a module, please email with the course name and module number and we will then contact EduCare for the module questionnaire to be reset online.

Please note that we also offer a separate online Essential Navigation course.





“I have learnt and seen loads of new things and I will remember for the rest of my life! ” Jemima, aged 12