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The February 2015 shorebased training weekend is OVER

OYT South's 2015 shorebased training weekend will take place on Saturday 21st February and Sunday 22nd February 2015.

Location and times
All courses will be based around TS Hornet Sea Cadet Unit, Gosport, Royal Clarence Yard, Weevil Lane, Gosport PO12 1AX. As you turn off Mumby Road into Weevil Lane, take the first entrance on the right into Royal Clarence, and you’ll find yourself in a car park with buildings on all four sides. The Sea Cadet unit is the freestanding building ahead and to the left as you come through the entrance - easy to spot because it has a flagpole outside it!

If you have arranged parking, we should have permits to put in your window.

If you are coming by train, go to Portsmouth Harbour and get the Gosport ferry - you can walk up from the ferry terminal.

All the courses (except GMDSS, where we are arranging individual times) are designed to start as soon as possible after 9am, and certainly by 9.30am. 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 around 8am, if you want to help us set things up and have a tea or coffee before your course.

Most courses should end around 5pm. On Saturday, this will be followed by a presentation from our Chief Executive Mark Todd; the bar will be open; and for those of you who have booked dinner, we’ll aim to start serving at around 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 (but that will take us to the limit - I don’t think there are any more spares). In fact if you have a spare camping mattress, please do bring it anyway, then we are covered if someone forgets theirs! All who are staying should bring sleeping bags.

Extra information
If you are doing the GMDSS assessment, don’t forget you MUST do the online course in advance. Do let us know if you are having any problems with it.

If you are doing the diesel course, bring warm clothes. Your course includes classroom sessions which should be warm enough, but the practical sessions with an engine are under cover but otherwise open to the air!

Bookings and places still available
Booking form
(please check there are places available on your chosen course(s) before you use this form - email

Terms and conditions

We are running the following courses - listed in order of our need to attract a few extra bookings:

RYA One-day First Aid - £75 including first aid handbook. Instructor Tony Salmon. Course running on Saturday 21st February (1space available) and also on Sunday 22nd February (1 space available) .
First aid and resuscitation techniques for yachtsmen, including a knowledge of the treatment for hypothermia. Recommended for ALL sea staff, required for second mates and above, compulsory updates every 3 years - check when your certificate goes out of date.

Disability Awareness - £10. Instructor: Leon Ward, RYA Sailability. Sunday 22nd February. 3 places available.
OYT South does a lot of voyages with young people who have special needs: not just the obvious ones like the annual voyage for Alfreton Park Special School and the MACS partially-sighted group, but also a huge number of mixed voyages including young people with conditions ranging from ADHD to dyspraxia. RYA Sailability introduces over 40,000 people with disabilities to sailing each year. This day is designed to help us ensure that all those who sail with OYT South get the best possible experience. Recommended for ALL sea staff.

RYA Diesel engines
- £70. Instructor Jason Morgan. Course running on Saturday 21st February and Sunday 22nd February (both dates currently full though we can take names for a reserve list if needed).
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. Recommended for bosuns plus second mates and above.

RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate GMDSS assessment - £40 plus exam fee (currently £60). Assessor Mark Todd. Practicals and exams on Saturday 21st February.
Use of marine radios including GMDSS. Routine, distress, urgency and safety procedures. We run this using an online course which MUST be completed in advance of the training weekend (it takes around 6-10 hours). Then on the day you will have a chance to familiarise yourself with the equipment, followed by a written and practical assessment. You must also be over the age of 16 to do the assessment. Recommended for third mates, required for second mates and above.
The assessments don't take all day, so if you are around and staying for the social in the evening, you'd be very welcome to get involved in the chart corrections workshop as well!

Chart corrections - free! Available on Saturday, with Andy Royse. Even if you can't do a whole day, come and join in for a few hours.
A free workshop aimed at people who are likely to be involved in keeping John Laing's charts up to date during the season. If you sail with us fairly regularly, or often come to maintenance days, and have some knowledge of or interest in navigation, this could be the course for you. Don't forget that chart corrections MUST be done during our voyages and the person doing them is often inside in the warm and dry while everyone else is wet and cold on deck...We will use the day to show you how to keep our charts up to date and the system for recording corrections, and to make sure that as many charts as possible are ready for the season!

RYA Radar
- £75. Instructor Yvonne Taylor.Course running on Saturday 21st February. (Currently ull though we can take names for a reserve list in case anyone drops out).
Basic understanding of radar and set controls. Plotting and collision avoidance. Navigation techniques. Recommended for first and second mates, required for skippers.

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.

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.

A hot lunch will be available each day for £5, Saturday's supper will cost £10, and for those who want it there will be basic accommodation (mattresses on the floor of the Sea Cadet Unit) plus breakfast for £5.

If you have already had an email to say that your place(s) have been allocated for the weekend, please use this form to book and pay. If you haven't yet had your place confirmed, please email first to reserve a place and we'll confirm it with you before you fill in the form - just so you don't pay for a course only to find it had just been filled by someone else.

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