RYA Safety Boat

  • Required experience – Should have a basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course.
  • Minimum duration – 2 days
  • Minimum Age – 16
  • Certificate issuing criteria – Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing
  • Format – Predominantly practical but with some classroom elements.

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying. It is strongly recommended that a member of the rescue crew should hold a first aid certificate (or should have experience of first aid).

Course Content

Preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users

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