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Old 30 December 2011, 16:19   #11
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AHH thanks SPR i would only be able to carry a handheld as im sure there is not going to be a lot of room a SIB i have just been checking out prices online and there not all that expensive.

i was also going to use the phone for GPS, Navionics seems to be the best app for that.
may never need it but for fishing the GPS could be handy
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Don't bother with the sea survival course unless you have plans to go off across the channel or something mad like that!

Any first aid course will do by the way, not just the RYA one!

A basic how an outboard works book/course might be a plan

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the sea survival IMHO is very good course, it gave me the opportunity to be in a safe environment to test my life jacket and give me confidence....

I would like to see a non-RYA course , covering the sea related topics in good detail- ESP the part of getting medical help via VHF radio.


if the other course provider, if you were referring to was STCW 95 ROUTE is valid, but the main stream first aid providers don't cover the marine stuff in great details....IMHO

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cant say i have any plans or wish to go crossing the channel in a small sib and i have a strong mechanical understanding as my father was a mechanic so was born with a spanner in my hand
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If you are new to going out on the sea in anything other than your swimming trunks (as you obviously are from the question and your answers) then PB2 is *essential* before you even go near the water and as others have said (and PB2 will tell you) a VHF radio is a must and so therfore is the VHF radio course. From these two courses you will learn all the basics and valuable safety to get you started.
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As others have said the PB2 is probably the place to start as it covers all aspects. I then did VHF, first aid, safety boat (because I do dinghy sailing support) and sea survival. Sea survival was fun but as I don't own a liferaft I just have to hope there is one floating by when I need it!

These courses are great but also try and persuade friends with boating experience to come out with you - you won't experience everything on the course and real life is different to the theory.

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I would like to see a non-RYA course , covering the sea related topics in good detail- ESP the part of getting medical help via VHF radio.


if the other course provider, if you were referring to was STCW 95 ROUTE is valid, but the main stream first aid providers don't cover the marine stuff in great details....IMHO

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I think any first aid course is better than nothing. But IMHO Everyone should Know a Basic level a first aid.

Does it really matter if you get correct Radio protocol as long as all the information is across your doing a good enough job.
Even with the RYA course telling you how to get help using a VHF how many people actually listen and would be able to repeat it when needed anyway.

I teach 2-3 first aid courses a week and I donít think I get it 100% correct in a real situation, if you think you do your dreaming, doing something is better than doing nothing, and if youíve got a VHF aboard the chances are somebody is trained in correct radio protocol anyway.


PB2 as a start.
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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.

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