First aid and diesel courses & Mark's speech

February 2017 shorebased training weekend

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OYT South's 2017 shorebased training weekend will take place on Saturday 25th February and Sunday 26th February 2017, in and around the Sea Cadet Unit in Royal Clarence, Gosport (plus Haslar marina for Prolific training)..

Terms and conditions
Timings and location for those who have already booked

We are running the following courses:

RYA One-day First Aid - £75 including first aid handbook. Instructor Tony Salmon. Course running on Saturday 25th February - FULLY BOOKED. 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sea staff, required for second mates and above, compulsory updates every three years - check when your certificate goes out of date. Course runs 9am to 5pm.

RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate GMDSS assessment - £40 plus exam fee (£60 payable to the RYA - this exam fee MAY be increased slightly in January but we will let you know as soon as we have any more information). Assessor Lee Mosscrop. This course consists of the RYA interactive online course which MUST be completed in advance (it takes around 6-10 hours) plus a short practical session and exam which can take place on either Saturday 25th February or Sunday 26th February. The practical plus exam takes less than half a day so anyone booking this course could also book an afternoon radar session (see below) or join the Prolific training on the same day. Individual GMDSS times will be allocated to each candidate depending on what else you are doing on the day. This course covers use of marine radios including GMDSS, and routine, distress, urgency and safety procedures. You must also be over the age of 16 to do the assessment. Recommended for third mates, required for second mates and above.

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.

Radar - £55 (full day, suitable for anyone new to radar or those wanting a full refresher) or £30 (afternoon practical session only, suitable for people with some radar experience). Instructor Alan Watson. Course running on Saturday 25th February or Sunday 26th February (both days are pretty full but if you email it MAY not be too late to squeeze you in). Please note that this is NOT the RYA Radar course and will not be awarding the RYA certificate. Alan Watson is an outstanding instructor, who has been involved with development and testing of Raymarine's kit. Mark Todd attended a session he ran at the RYA Instructors' conference last year and said it was the most interesting radar session he had ever attended and he strongly recommends it! Anyone attending an afternoon session only is free to do a GMDSS assessment or Prolific training in the morning if you wish. Course runs 9am to 5pm (full day) or 2pm to 5pm (afternoon only)

RYA Diesel engines - £75. Instructor Jason Morgan. Course on Sunday 26th February (FULLY BOOKED though we could take names for a reserve list in case anyone drops out). Course covers 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. Course runs 9am to 5pm. Bring warm clothes - this 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!

Prolific familliarisation - FREE. Prolific should be in Haslar on both days and we aim to run familiarisation for as many people as possible - though you only need to book one day each as the training will basically be repeated on the two days. Sunday is pretty full but but if you email it MAY not be too late to squeeze you in, preferably for the Saturday). This could cover daily and weekly checks for bosuns; use of anchor windlass; launching the RIB; fire drills; tours of the boat so you know where everything is; and whatever else we can fit in. People who have a confirmed place on the Prolific training session 23-26 February will be sailing on the Thursday and Friday (starting in ocean Village, Southampton and including getting the boat to Gosport) and will then be involved in training alongside except where they have also booked any of the other courses above. Otherwise, we will aim to add as many extra people as we can fit on the boat.

Other information

All these courses are open to anyone, although if courses are over-subscribed, priority is given to OYT South members who will be sailing on youth voyages in 2017, 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,

There will be basic accommodation on the floor of the Sea Cadet Unit - we do not have bunk cushions available as in the past so please bring a camping mattress or similar if you possibly can (as well as your sleeping bag); but one of our volunteers has kindly offered to loan us a stack of spare camping mattresses so let us know if you need one - and if you have a spare camping mattress you could lend to someone else, please tell us on the booking form. Accommodation on board Prolific has been allocated to people who have booked the four-day Prolific training session 23-26 Feb. Breakfast will be provided in the Sea Cadet Unit if required for £5 (both for those sleeping in the unit and those sleeping on board Prolific - we will NOT be making Sunday breakfast on board the boat).

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 all the places!.

Once you have completed the form and pressed "submit", you may need to scroll up or down the page a little to find the payment link. Please pay straight away - any booking forms received without payment are not counted as confirmed bookings and you may still lose your place to someone else if the course is over-subscribed!

Please pay NOW using this link.

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.

Courses (except GMDSS, where we are arranging individual times, and the afternoon radar session) 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). 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, please don't forget your camping mattress and sleeping bag. If you have a spare camping mattress, please bring it !

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