First aid and diesel courses & Mark's speech

February 2017 shorebased training weekend

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The 2016 training weekend is now OVER.

OYT South's 2016 shorebased training weekend will take place on Saturday 20th February and Sunday 21st February 2016.

Location, timings, what to bring etc

Terms and conditions

We are running the following courses:

RYA One-day First Aid - £75 including first aid handbook. Instructor Tony Salmon. Course running on Saturday 20th February and is FULL. This course covers 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ALL sea staff, required for second mates and above, compulsory updates every 3 years - check when your certificate goes out of date.

RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate GMDSS assessment - £40 plus exam fee (£60 payable to the RYA). Assessor Mark Todd. Practicals and exams on Saturday 20th February (preferably) or Sunday 21st February (for those doing full-day courses other than chart corrections on the Saturday). This course covers use of marine radios including GMDSS, and routine, distress, urgency and safety procedures. We run this using an RYA interactive 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 you'd be very welcome to get involved in the chart corrections workshop (Saturday) or the youthwork session (Sunday) as well! Chart corrections is free and you can just pop in and get involved either side of your asessment. There is a small charge for the youthwork session so if you want to combine a Sunday GMDSS assessment with attending part of the youthwork day, please email and we can arrange the most suitable timing for your asessment and agree a reduced fee for part of the youthwork day.

A taster course is available to students via  This gives you a chance to see a few screens of the course and importantly use the interactive radio and check that the course will run on your device. We strongly advise you to download and try this taster on the device you will use for the course, before buying the full course. If the taster works on your device, the full course will work too. You can also opt for your course notes to be sent to you in a printed version or an ePack. eBooks are enhanced digital versions of RYA  printed books containing animations, video and interactive tools to help illustrate the key points and skills. As such, these eBooks are a great resource. eBooks can be viewed using a tablet, smartphone or computer which has the free RYA Books app installed. Visit for more information on devices currently supported. In general the app is supported on Windows PCs and laptops, Mac computers and laptops, iPhone, iPad, iPod touches and android phone and tablets, Kindle Fire tablets. If you wish to opt for an ePack please check that you have a suitable device compatible with the RYA Books app prior to purchase. Go to the  RYA Books app download page  Please note ePacks can only be returned if they are faulty.

RYA Radar - £75. Instructor tbc. Course running on Saturday 20th February.Course now FULL but 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.

Chart corrections - free! Available on Saturday 20th February, with Andy Viney. 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 Prolific'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 Diesel engines
- £75. Instructor Adam Turner. Course on Sunday 21st February, one spare place. 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.

Youthwork - £35 - Sunday 21st February. This will be run by Lucinda Neall, one of our second mates and the author of "How to Talk to Teenagers". Lucinda ran a popular day at the training weekend in 2013, and the 2016 day will be useful as a refresher for people who were involved last time as well as for newer volunteers. We are going to look particularly at the sorts of challenging behaviour we sometimes see on board and how sea staff can best respond. The day will also incorporate a session by Jennie Hogan from Hampshire County Council. Mollie and Caz recently attended a conference run by Hampshire's Children in Care team and heard Jennie deliver an excellent session on the lasting effects of neglect and trauma in earliest childhood and how that can affect teenage behaviour - it was so interesting that we have asked Jennie to come and repeat it for our volunteers. Recommended for ALL sea staff.

Most courses will run from 9am to 5pm (except the GMDSS assessment, which is shorter - we will allocate individual times to each candidate), so you can only do one course per day.

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 - bring a sleeping bag) 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 other people had already filled the places!.

If you have pressed "submit" but can't see the payment link, you may need to scroll up the page a little!

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 want to park, you need to arrange this in advance by including your car reguistration details on the booking form..

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 (and some will end earlier - youthwork by 4pm, for example). On Saturday, courses 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 for them, but that usually takes us up the limit of available mattresses, so 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!

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