Originally Posted by ukprometheus
Is there any kind of basic safety training that can be done before getting on the water......
Powerboat 2 Is well recommended! but read the OP question...,
Any First Aid course is better than none, but if you are going to choose one over another and your a boater, - RYA First Aid Course is my recommendation. Designed by Boaters/MCA/HSE for boaters.
As to VHF it's is law you need your operators licence , this can be done by sitting the exam direct, but strongly suggest doing the full course.
Yes - you might not get it right every time, but the more your train practice, the better chance you will get it right.
Hence the RNLI are one of the best rescue organisations in world.