Originally Posted by Trell
Having done both survival course's, my point was the OPITO offshore survival course covers exactly the same sylabus as the RYA sea survival course and in a lot more detail, but the RYA would not accept it, I was informed that the only one they would accept was their own. £100 plus pounds please. The refresher adds to my point that the OPITO course is far superior, and how long will it be before the RYA decides it can make more money form bringing in the refresher.
Mark, I am not intimatly familiar withe the OPITO course, is this the BOSIET one?
Ive done a google search and if it is this one then the syllabus seems to be
- The offshore industry
- Helicopter escape training including HUET
- Personal survival
- TEMPSCs and rafts
- Post escape first aid
- Fire Fighting (basic extinguishers, smoke hoods and self rescue)
- Permit to work systems
- Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS)
While this might appear more thorough than the RYA one it is actually different. Much of this is not relevant for skippers of small craft outside the oil and gas industry. Instead the RYA courses covers things like EPIRBs, location, types of rafts suitable for yachtsmen and small power craft, actions by the skipper prior to abandonment, mayday by VHF, types of life jackets worn on small craft (i.e. BA, 100N, 150N, 275N), firing flares and so on. Much of the course is spent educating small craft skippers and boat owners so that they can make informed decisions. Students on a RYA course are often about to purchase a life raft or new life jackets and so on. Candidates on a BOSIET course are not about to choose which kit to buy, I am guessing they will be discouraged from using flares in many situations, they will be using different craft to abandon ship from. Students on the RYA courses want to hear about the Fastnet disaster and the lessons learnt. Students on the BOSIET courses could not give a toss about the Fastnet and are working in a totally different environment using different kit and working with different people around them.
Yes there is some common ground but I guess someone has gone through the syllabus and decided there is not enough common ground.
Anyway if you approve of the refresher system then the 1 day RYA course should have been a good refresher for you.