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Sea survival

This training is intended to meet the requirements set out in Table A-VI/1-1 of the STCW Code and unit A11 of the marine national occupational standards. The greatest and most immediate threat to life in the event of abandoning ship is old exposure. Precautions to protect against it, together with knowledge of survival equipment and its use, is the main message of this training. Other problems that a survivor will encounter are covered so as to ensure the highest possible chances of survival.

The objective of the training is to give all persons intending to go to sea the essential basic knowledge and experience of personal survival principles and techniques that can be applied to maximise their chances.

The aim is to give an understanding of how to use the safety equipment carried onboard. This course covers preparation for survival, lifejackets, search & rescue and a practical session in a swimming pool with a liferaft.

Picture Credit Mr Simon Jinks!

On the day

Make sure to take a form of photo identification, a change of clothes and a towel

I did not feel nervous about taking this course as I had taken one two years prior. Although the inital one was carried out in a swimming pool,  this one was on a blustery day in october in the sea as pictured to the left!

The day was split into three sections:-

* Classroom based sea survival techniques

eg how to use a liferaft and donning PFD's

* Practical session in the sea/pool

* Summary of days learning and short Exam ( mainly multiple choice)



* Preparation for Sea Survival: emergency situations, training drill & their importance, survival requirements, abandoning vessel & muster points, primary & secondary actions onboard liferaft

* Equipment: equipment available, aids to locations, survival suits & TPA, lifejackets, entering water from height, safety harnesses, donning procedures, life rafts, stowage & containment, helping injured persons

* Practical Wet Drill: Liferaft launching, boarding dry & wet, jumping from poolside or board, increasing survival in water, capsize drill, abandonment