The official text for the RYA Basic Sea Survival Course has been brought up to date, with all the latest information on offshore survival.
Topics covered include the importance of having the correct safety equipment, as well as the knowledge of how and when to use it.
Aimed at offshore boat racers and coastal cruisers, the guide has been updated to include the syllabus for the ISAF Offshore Personal Survival Course, and has been split into two main parts to reflect the two stages of the course. The book’s author Keith Colwell works as an RNLI community incident reduction manager, and has experience as a yachmaster, powerboat instructor, and sea survival teacher. Buy archived boating articlesFrom cruising guides to boat reviews, search and buy previous articles from the UK's leading boating magazines through our online copyshop.Search now Latest From The Forumboat price?
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NorthWest RYA Cruiser Forum takes place 9th March in WiganClick on the poster link to see details. Any intrepid Cruiser owners who would like to sail in comany and see the Isle of Man TT this year should look at the events Calendar for details.
The old lock for the front gates to the Club Dinghy Tanks expired so a new key has been placed on the old key ring that is kept in the Club Porch (wooden letter box's LHS).
Two great days of sailing.Thanks to all the support teams, safety boat, catering, bar and Race Officer. Come along to Fairhaven at 6:30 on Wednesdays to try sailing with the Ribble Cruising Club. For all who wanted to attend an RYA first aid course Andrew Smith has arranged one on 21st and 22nd May. Category one racing in Hong Kong now requires at least 50% of the crew to have been through an HK Sailing Federation approved Safety At Safety Survival training course.


The course is taught by Graham Forshaw, MBE, a former Royal Marine for more than 30 years, former Chief Sailing Coach of the British Navy and now Harbour Master at Lyme Regis in England and a volunteer for the Royal National Lifeboat Association. The course provides a general overview of the theory of Safety at Sea as well as some practical experience. Graham made frequent references to the RYA Sea Survival Handbook by Keith Colwell as well as case studies from Essentials of Sea Survival by Frank Golden to provide additional explanation. Much of theory session was common sense but to a structured level that many of us probably do not adhere or at least have not adhered up to now. There was also some quality statistical information to go with the theory, for instance how long would an average person survive in water of a temperature of 15 degrees centigrade?
Aside from having a go with some handheld flares, day 2 would primarily be spent preparing for and actually being in the pool. Getting a liferaft the right way up is not particularly challenging, at least it’s not in a pool when you are relatively warm, but being trapped under one, even for a few seconds can be quite daunting. The various painters, drogue lines, rope ladders and so on can be quite difficult to avoid when you are kitted out in your full sailing gear.
Failing that, or if a long way from safety, having as good a quality liferaft as you can afford, as well as, as much food, water and equipment as possible (without putting the buoyancy at risk) would be critical, would help you survive and maintain morale.
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He is also the co-author of the RYA Safety Boat handbook and writes for yachting magazines. Your heavily inflated lifevest holds you up while the liferaft pushes you down so that your face is at water level and breathing without taking in water can be tricky. You have very limited maneuverability and your team or crew mates could not get to you fast.


The sides are high and with the extra weight of your sailing gear and the water in your clothes, you need to muster a lot of strength to pull yourself up and into the raft.
Even during a practice session, the close proximity to this many people started to get mildly irritating with people treading on each other and with confused communication.  Even a simple headcount proved difficult. From the UK, and based in Hong Kong for more nearly 10 years, Olly is a regular sailor on his boat Scallywag, a Ruffian 23" and on numerous other bigger boats on which he finds himself. More importantly though, there are now 40 more sailors in Hong Kong who have a better chance of survival and helping their fellow crew members to survive should the worst happen. I am reading an excellent book right now on Handling Small Boats in Heavy Weather (by Frank Robb) and am particularly interested to talk more about methods of seeing out a storm in a small boat. Day 2 was about practical experience of being in the water with an inflated life vest, with numerous other crew members in the water with you and a liferaft. From the age of 5 Olly learned to sail Optimists on a lake in Gloucestershire, England before moving onto bigger boats.
Last year’s sinking of Tipsy Frenz on the Taiwan Straights Race (link to post below), also demonstrated the very real practical value of such training courses. Everything discussed was of great value to anyone who enjoys boating as a hobby, whether inshore or offshore and Graham’s personal experience not only provided authority to his teaching but numerous examples of successful safety at sea work.
With regards the liferaft, we reviewed the various types and standards, were taught where they should be stowed, how they are set off, flipping one (if required), climbing into one, sea sickness, getting dry, setting drogues, the importance of counting supplies, avoiding damage to the raft, collecting fresh water and so on. When not racing Olly spends his time as a yachting photographer and writer of sailing articles for Asia at Sea. With confidence brought about through the course, all members of the Tipsy Frenz crew were evacuated into their liferaft and were picked up safely by a cargo ship bound for the Philippines.



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