Training weekend 2023

Shorebased training for staff and volunteers

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February 2023 shorebased training weekend

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February 2023

OYT South’s 2023 shorebased training weekend will take place on Saturday 11th February and Sunday 12th February 2023, in Gosport.

Most courses and meals (including Saturday dinner) will now be at the Park Tavern, Park Rd, Gosport PO12 2HH; but First Aid will be at Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club.

Terms and conditions
Timings and location for those who have already booked
Booking and payment – DUE NOW!

We are running the following courses:

EITHER First aid
OR Risk and harm online / disability awareness

EITHER First aid
OR Beginning to understand autistic people / Teaching RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew on board / Safeguarding update

Timing by arrangement
GMDSS assessment

RYA One-day First Aid – £80 including first aid handbook. Instructor Tony Salmon. Course available on either Saturday 11th February or Sunday 12th February. 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sea staff, required for second mates and above, compulsory updates every three years – check when your certificate goes out of date.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 9.30am to 5pm. Email to reserve a place, stating which day you would prefer.

RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate GMDSS assessment – £40 payable to OYT South now plus an additional £70 exam fee payable SEPARATELY to the RYA – we will advise you when this needs to be paid. Assessor/ Mark Todd. 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 at a time to be arranged during the training weekend. This course covers use of marine radios including GMDSS, and routine, distress, urgency and safety procedures. You must be over the age of 16 to do the assessment. Recommended for third mates, required for second mates and above.

Please check the system compatibility requirements for the online course.

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. Details here:  Please note ePacks can only be returned if they are faulty.

Email to reserve a place.

Saturday 11th February – Risk and harm online / disability awareness – £30
The day will be split into two parts and your £30 payment allows you to attend both.

The morning session (starting at 0930) will be about Risk and harm online with Dr Emily Setty, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey. Her research focuses on young people’s experiences of risk and harm online and the interconnections between their online experiences and their offline lives and realities. This interactive and participatory session will explore the nature of young people’s contemporary online lives, focusing on both what they are encountering and how they are acting online. The session will cover latest evidence on the types of spaces in which young people are participating and interacting online (including, in particular, social media and gaming sites and platforms) and the different risks, harms, opportunities and benefits of being online as perceived and experienced by young people. It will provide a broad overview of the different issues and challenges they face, with discussion of matters such as online misogyny and other forms of ‘online hate’, self-harm and suicide-related content, ‘cyber-bullying’, sexual image sharing and pornography, ‘influencer culture’, pro-thinness and eating disorder content, mis/disinformation and ‘fake news’, digital footprints, privacy and ‘cancel culture’, among others. The session will include myth busting about the realities of young people’s online lives and will foreground their voices regarding the problems that need to be addressed and how they want to be informed and supported by the adults in their lives. Importantly, it will provide context to young people’s online lives; while it will be shown that young people’s lives have changed because of internet technologies, the session will discuss the ways in which the risks and harms often reflects whatever is going on offline for young people and feeds back into their offline lives, cultures and experiences. The session will avoid unduly negative or fear-inducing approaches to understanding young people’s online lives and will offer evidence-based and constructive ways of intervening to enable young people to develop as ‘digital citizens’ in the contemporary era.

The afternoon session will be about Disability Awareness with Robbie Crow (and a 4-year-old golden lab guide dog). Robbie has been registered blind since birth and is a lifelong disabled person. The first half of his life was lived believing that his eyesight was the problem and that ‘he’ had to change in order to perform well – but that all changed when he discovered the social model of disability. A recovering sail trainer, Robbie now works in Government following a successful career in the charity and disability sector – including with the Jubilee Sailing Trust – and introduced the now annual MACS voyages that OYT South runs when he was Chair of MACS. Robbie has previously spoken at the United Nations on disability equality and has a wealth of experience advocating for the rights of disabled people, UK wide. Robbie says: “Disabled people make up over 20% of the UK population which means it’s likely that at least 20% of the young people we sail with in future will identify as disabled. Views of disability have changed over time and have shifted not to view people’s impairments as the challenges, but barriers that are placed in disabled people’s way. This half-day disability equality course will look at the concepts of disability, equality, inclusion, and accessibility and equip attendees with the skills and tools needed to support disabled young people on OYT South voyages, no matter their impairments. Please come along with an open mind and with any questions you might have about disability – no question is silly!

Plenty of spaces still available for this day – email to reserve a place.

Sunday 12th February – Beginning to understand autistic people / Teaching RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew on board / Safeguarding update – £30
The day will be split into three parts and your £30 payment allows you to attend all of them.

The morning session (starting at 0930) will be run by Dave Serpell-Stevens from Autism Hampshire. In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in bookings for young people on the autistic spectrum, including what used to be defined as Aspergers syndrome. More than half of all individuals who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder also have signs of ADHD, which is very common among our young crew members. Dave’s session will cover an explanation of the spectrum and the diversity of the autistic community; the estimated incidence of autism and factors which may explain the discrepancy between the number of male and female diagnose; an exploration of some traits and characteristics and how these may manifest themselves in the behaviour or responses of someone on the spectrum; and some suggestions on what we can do to support young people with ASD on board to help ensure that everyone has the most positive voyage experience possible.

The first session in the afternoon will be run by Brigid Stoney and will look at fun and interesting ways of teaching the RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew syllabus on board. All our sea staff ought to be comfortable with teaching sections of the syllabus, so if you would feel daunted next season on the day the skipper asks you to run a session on weather or rules of the road, this training session is for you! On the other hand, if you have been teaching these sessions for years and are comfortable with doing it, please come along anyway and share your best ideas.

The final session on the day will be on Safeguarding with an update from Steve Lacey on some recent changes in both policy and procedures. Strongly recommended for skippers and first mates but everyone else is welcome!

Plenty of spaces still available for this day – email to reserve a place.

Other information
Priority will be given to bookings from OYT South members who will be sailing on youth voyages in 2023, and those planning to join our sea staff; but where we have spare places, non-members are welcome to take part.

There will be a supper and social event at the Park Tavern on Saturday evening after the courses – all welcome, whether or not you are taking part in the training.

Lunch will be available each day for £5; Saturday’s supper will cost £15; and there will be breakfast on Sunday morning for £5. All meals need to be booked in advance. There will be vegetarian/vegan options and the booking form allows you to specify any other dietary needs.

Booking form
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!

NB depending on what system you are using, if you are paying for multiple items (e.g. courses and meals) you may find that PayPal opens a new page when you click your first item. Simply click “continue shopping”, navigate back to this page, add extra items one by one and you should find them all in your PayPal shopping cart and you can pay for them all at once.

The form also asks for any dietary needs – there will be vegetarian options anyway but we need exact numbers for vegans and anyone else where we need to buy something specific.

Dietary needs

Location and times

EXCEPT for first aid, all courses and meals will be at Park Tavern, Park Rd, Gosport PO12 2HH. There is limited parking outside the pub but there are a couple of laybys just down the road (both overlooking Gosport Park):

Park Tavern - map

First Aid will be at Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club – details to follow.

Courses are designed to start 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 Caz on 07986 354697 so we know what’s happened to you! After 0930 a text would be better than a call as courses will have started.

Most courses should end around 4.30pm (and some will end earlier). On Saturday, courses will be followed by a presentation from our Chief Executive Mark Todd in the Park Tavern from 1745; the bar will be open; and for those of you who have booked dinner, we’ll aim to start serving at around 1900.

The GMDSS assessment is much shorter and you will be given a specific time.

For those who have booked Sunday breakfast at the Park Tavern, it will start from 8am for those who have to eat before getting over to the first aid venue; those who are staying in the Park Tavern for the day may prefer to have their breakfast nearer to 0830!

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

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