First aid and diesel courses & Mark's speech


Training weekend 5 & 6 February 2011 - ARCHIVE PAGE

The 2010 training weekend is now OVER. There will be another in 2012.

OYT South will be holding a training weekend for volunteers on the weekend of 5th and 6th February 2011.

NEW: Joining instructions

The following courses are running:

RYA One-day First Aid - Sat 5 Feb. One place available.
RYA Diesel Engine - either day, Sat 5 or Sun 6 Feb. One or two places left on Sunday; Saturday is full.
Youthwork - available on both days, Sat 5 and Sun 6 Feb. Both days currently full but we can take names for a reserve list in case anyone drops out.
RYA Radar - Sun 6 Feb. 1 place left.

All courses will be held in TS Hornet Sea Cadet Unit, Gosport. Most courses will run from 9am to 5pm but we will send out final joining instructions a week or so beforehand.

There will be a supper and social event on Saturday evening after the courses - all welcome, whether or not you are taking part in the training. Just use the booking form and click "dinner".

For all courses, email to reserve a place. Once you have had email confirmation that a place is available, please use the form here to confirm your booking and make your payment. Please don't pay for a place until we have confirmed that there is space for you!

RYA One-day First Aid - Sat 5 Feb
First aid and resuscitation techniques for yachtsmen, including a knowledge of the treatment for hypothermia. Price £50 to OYT South members / Gosport Sea Cadets, + £10 for first aid handbook. Instructor Tony Salmon. Recommended for ALL sea staff, required for second mates and above, compulsory updates every 3 years - check when your certificate goes out of date.

RYA Diesel Engine - Sat 5 Feb and Sun 6 Feb - two courses
Basic maintenance and engine care. Awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine. Able to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects which do not require workshop support. £75 to OYT South members / Gosport Sea Cadets. Instructor Jason Morgan. Recommended for bosuns plus second mates and above.

Youthwork - Sat 5 Feb or Sun 6 Feb
We are delighted to be able to offer two courses run by Fairbridge Training. Fairbridge is one of the UK's leading youth work charities and uses sail training on board Spirit of Fairbridge as part of their work, though they do much more besides. They will run two different courses on the two days though we expect most volunteers might just choose one day so that you can also do whichever other course you need. Please note that these are accredited courses through the Open College Network and it is essential that participants do some pre- and post-course work in order to complete the qualification. Price £30. Recommended for all staff and volunteers.

RYA Radar - Sun 6 Feb
Basic understanding of radar and set controls. Plotting and collision avoidance. Navigation techniques. £65 to OYT South members / Gosport Sea Cadets. Recommended for first and second mates, required for skippers.

Email to reserve a place. Once you have had email confirmation that a place is available, please use the form here to confirm your booking and make your payment.

The booking form also allows you to book lunch on either day; dinner on Saturday night; overnight accommodation in the Sea Cadet Unit (mattresses on the floor); and breakfast on the Sunday morning.

All these courses are open to anyone, although if courses are over-subscribed, priority is given to active OYT South members and those planning to join our sea staff.

Joining Instructions 
Please note that all courses start at 9am. Please don't be late as there is a limit to how long we can delay the start of any course by waiting for people. If you are held up or lost, please call me on 07986 354697 so we know what's happened to you! The Sea Cadet Unit will be open from 8am, if you want to help us set things up and have a tea or coffee before your course.

All the courses are at TS Hornet Sea Cadet Unit, Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport PO12 1AX - directions here: There is plenty of free parking.

If you are doing the Saturday youthwork course, don’t forget your pre-course work – the sheet with three questions which I sent out along with the booking forms. There is no pre-course work for the Sunday youthwork course but there will be some homework after both courses to complete the qualification. Many apologies to all those who had problems with the Ticket to Progress website when registering for the youthwork qualifications – Fairbridge Training was very concerned about the difficulties we experienced and may well cease to use this system in future. Do please note that Ticket to Progress is not part of the Fairbridge organisation and therefore their website is not the fault of our instructor at the weekend!

If you are doing the diesel course, please note that the practical sessions with an engine are carried out in the sea cadet boat shed, which is under cover but can be cold - please bring warm clothes. Unfortunately, Jason, our usual instructor, has had to drop out of the weekend for good reasons, but his friend Adam Turner has kindly stepped in at short notice to run these courses for us.

Those coming just for the dinner – we are planning to have a short presentation from Mark Todd on plans for the season and updates on other things affecting our work. This will start once all the courses are over and everyone has had a short break, but if you join us for 1730, that would be fine. If you are coming just to eat, we plan to start serving at 1900.

If you have booked to stay overnight in the Sea Cadet Unit on Saturday and volunteered to bring your own camping mattress, please don't forget it! We will bring boat mattresses for those who have asked, and all who are staying should bring sleeping bags.

The Sea Cadet Unit bar will be open on Saturday evening.

Can any sea staff or new potential sea staff who want to sail this season and haven't already sent me a list of possible dates please bring your diaries to this event and we can have a chat about options.

Some of you have confirmed your bookings but still haven’t paid – please note that you MUST pay before the training weekend unless you have a free place (e.g. course instructors)! Call the office on 02392 602278 and pay by credit card.

A few people haven’t booked any meals – if you want lunch or dinner, you MUST tell us by the end of Wednesday as the catering team hope to shop on Thursday.



“Learned a lot about sailing, but also about myself and the importance of teamwork.” Clemente, 24