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Old 31 December 2012, 08:01   #1
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Sea survival, family sized

I'm looking for your general thoughts and suggestions for getting the family familiar with the equipment I hope we'll never need as we explore the world of ribbing in and around the Solent.

We come as a team of six, from age ten upwards. I'd like to throw everyone in a pool (ideally, a wave pool) with their clothes & lifejacket on, see the liferaft in action, understand what to do with a flare, and understand the implications and correct behavior when dunked in the water or experiencing an unplanned event at sea (e.g. dad falling in), etc. We've talked about what to do already, and done briefings each trip, but I'm looking for driving it home with a practical session.

I see it as a fun family day out, and a chance to get the kids some useful experience in a safe environment. We don't need lots of theory or certificates. I'm sure there is a better way than signing everyone up for the RYA sea survival course individually (6 x £100)!

Anybody done sea survival as a whole family? Where did you do it cost effectively? Any other options than going the 'get certified' route?
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I did mine through the local adult education, cost me a lot less than £100. If you speak to the local co-ordinator I'm sure they would come up with some thing.
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I'm looking for your general thoughts and suggestions for getting the family familiar with the equipment I hope we'll never need as we explore the world of ribbing in and around the Solent.

We come as a team of six, from age ten upwards. I'd like to throw everyone in a pool (ideally, a wave pool) with their clothes & lifejacket on, see the liferaft in action, understand what to do with a flare, and understand the implications and correct behavior when dunked in the water or experiencing an unplanned event at sea (e.g. dad falling in), etc. We've talked about what to do already, and done briefings each trip, but I'm looking for driving it home with a practical session.

I see it as a fun family day out, and a chance to get the kids some useful experience in a safe environment. We don't need lots of theory or certificates. I'm sure there is a better way than signing everyone up for the RYA sea survival course individually (6 x £100)!

Anybody done sea survival as a whole family? Where did you do it cost effectively? Any other options than going the 'get certified' route?
Hi Tim, very valid point you raise, does everyone need an RYA ticket when all they need is the information in a good learning environment. I hope a local training school/person could offer a package. I will e mail a friend who trains, but not sure he can in his present role offer off the RYA plan!
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Sounds like a good idea. I might be interested in something like that with the kids too.
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Hi Tim, very valid point you raise, does everyone need an RYA ticket when all they need is the information in a good learning environment. I hope a local training school/person could offer a package. I will e mail a friend who trains, but not sure he can in his present role offer off the RYA plan!
Thanks Ian, I'm not asking for anyone to do anything 'unconventional', just looking for ideas and thoughts... If it turns out that the RYA course is the only feasible way to go, then I just need to figure something out.
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Yep, knowing your position and appears also JK there is clearly a need for something that does not need an RYA ticket. It perhaps needs an independant trainer who can book a half day to cover sea survival inputs and swimming pool stuff but without the need for RYA card. I am sure there will be a reason not to offer this! I have emailed a friend and hopefully someone here will know also
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Sounds like a good idea. I might be interested in something like that with the kids too.
No idea how the cost is broken down across trainer, pool hire, RYA fee, advertising, etc - but I'd hope that if we roll up with a full course of people ready to go on the same date we could talk price.

If I'm reading Mr Griffin's website correctly it would seem he's offering "buy one, get one half price" on Sea Survival - which is an interesting data point.
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Anybody done sea survival as a whole family? Where did you do it cost effectively? Any other options than going the 'get certified' route?
Yes myself, the missus and my two girls have all done the RYA Sea survival course - money very well spent and of all the RYA courses this is the one that I would recommend the most.

I know there is a lot of RYA bashing on this forum and I have done my fair share but in my case to RYA Hamble directly - however without doubt the quality of RYA courses when executed by the right Instructor is literally "world class".

As for the RYA Sea survival course in particular the pool session is the " pièce de résistance" as you can read about it, you talk about it, you can watch the video but nothing but nothing prepares you for the unforgetable experience of righting and "clambering" into a real liferaft with maybe someone hosing you down with cold water - absolutely brilliant.

I will never forget my Instructors tag line - "to be a survivor - first you have to survive"
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All good points..me and the ex did the course with stormforce and while it was useful to me in the longer term we both viewed it as just good fun at the same time.

The pool session is the icing on the cake...and makes you far more confident in the water.
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Talk to the RNLI - you should be able to organise a bespoke training session. Me and two friends did this earlier this year; we booked some RIB capsize training at Poole. Was great fun, but not cheap.

Whilst very useful, the RYA sea servivial probably isnt that relevant to pottering around the Solent in a RIB.

Edit: also worth contacting Warsah maritime accadamy - they also do stuff like this I believe.
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