No matter how experienced you are, it is always worth being prepared for the worst. These courses cover trip planning and incident management, as well as providing hands-on experience for dealing with injuries and emergencies.

Please have a look at the course details below for more information and available dates. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 319 1820 or email bookings@portedgarwatersports.com. To make a booking directly through our website CLICK HERE

RYA First Aid Certificate

This is a 1-day course.

The RYA First Aid course covers all of the usual first aid topics, but from a boating perspective. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations.

The course meets first aid requirements for RYA Instructors, Yachtmasters, advanced powerboat candidates, professional skippers (of small craft operating up to Category 2 waters) and offshore racers (as per ISAF regulations OSR 4.08.4). The course fee also includes a copy of the RYA First Aid Manual.
2018 Dates:  21 January, 25 February, 25 March, 29 April
Cost: £95

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RYA Sea Survival

This is a 1-day course

Cruising is one of the safest leisure sporting activities, however in the event of an emergency your chances of survival are greatly increased if you understand how to use the safety equipment on board. This course includes a two hour session in a swimming pool using a range of scenarios from boarding the life raft from the water (in full waterproofs and a lifejacket) to righting a life raft and dealing with an unconscious casualty in the water.
2018 Dates: 3 March, 2 June, 8 September
Cost: £149

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BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

This course runs as a 1-day or modular evening shore-based course, or a 2-day mix of shore-based and practical

Pre-requisites: None for the 1-day and evening courses. For the 2-day course you should have enough kayaking experience to undertake a simple day trip in light winds and small seas.

This course will cover key aspects of sea kayak theory. We will look at how to plan for tides, weather and sea conditions, including how to make the best use of available sources of information. We will also cover navigation by both map and chart, looking at a range of practical strategies. There will plenty of opportunities to get hands on with planning in both the shore-based and practical courses. By the end of the course you should have a good understanding of what you need to think about before setting out to sea.

During the 2-day course, we will mix theory and practise; depending on the weather conditions we will either spend the first day in the classroom and the second on the water, or spend half a day on land and half on water on each day.

During the evening course we will also look at aspects of safety such as what equipment to carry.

The course covers the content of the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning award, and participants on the 1- and 2-day courses will receive the associated certificate. The evening course does not include the certificate fee but this can be added at a cost of £5 for SCA members and £10 for non-members. Full details of the syllabus can be found here. Although the CNTP serves as a pre-requisite for the BC 4* Sea Kayak Leader award, it is suitable for kayakers of all levels.

2018 Dates:
Evening course: 31 January, 7, 14, 21 & 28 February or 31 October, 7,14,21 & 28th November  6.30pm-8.30pm

Cost:
1-day course: £75
2-day course: £165
Evening course: £100

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RYA/ISAF Sea Safety

This is a 1-day course.

The RYA/ISAF Sea Safety course equips both racers and cruisers with the skills and knowledge necessary to both prevent and deal with emergencies offshore. Whilst this course satisfies the training requirements for many offshore races it is equally suited to those who undertake blue water cruises and may be beyond immediate help. In order to obtain the full ISAF Offshore Safety Certification students will need to complete both this course and the one day RYA Sea Survival course.

We would also strongly recommend attending the one day RYA First Aid course and whilst this is not a requirement for the actual ISAF certificate it is required to be held by a certain number of crew on some races. The course satisfies the training required by ISAF Offshore Special Regulations 6.01 for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races.

The RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety course is split between both theoretical and practical hands on training.

Subjects covered include;

• Care & Maintenance of Safety Equipment
• Storm Sails
• Damage Control
• Crew Routines
• Man Overboard Prevention and Recovery
• Giving Assistance to other craft
• SAR Organisation and Methods
• Practical Fire Precautions and Fire Fighting
• Distress Alerting and Survivor Location Aids

2018 Dates: please contact us to enquire about available dates
Cost: tbc

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