First aid and diesel courses & Mark's speech

February 2019 shorebased training weekend

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019

OYT South's 2019 shorebased training weekend will take place on Saturday 16th February and Sunday 17th February 2017, in and around the Sea Cadet Unit in Royal Clarence, Gosport.

Terms and conditions for courses run by OYT South
Terms and conditions for RYA Diesel course (run by Hamble School of Yachting)
Terms and conditions for RYA First Aid course (run by TS Hornet)
Timings and location for those who have already booked
Booking and payment - DUE NOW!

We are running the following courses:

RYA One-day First Aid - £80 including first aid handbook. Instructor Tony Salmon. Courses running on BOTH Saturday 16th February AND Sunday 17th February. At the moment Saturday is fully-booked and there are spaces on Sunday, but it may be possible to arrange swaps so please do ask about availability. This course covers first aid and resuscitation techniques for yachtsmen, including a knowledge of the treatment for hypothermia. Recommended for ALL sea staff, required for second mates and above, compulsory updates every three years - check when your certificate goes out of date. Course runs 9am to 5pm.

RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate GMDSS assessment - £40 payable to OYT South now plus an additional exam fee of £60 payable later to the RYA - we will advise you when this needs to be paid. Assessors Lee Mosscrop / Mark Todd. This course consists of the RYA interactive online course which MUST be completed in advance (it takes around 6-10 hours) plus a short practical session and exam - we will allocate a time for you to do this depending on what other courses you are doing at the training weekend. This course covers use of marine radios including GMDSS, and routine, distress, urgency and safety procedures. You must also be over the age of 16 to do the assessment. Recommended for third mates, required for second mates and above.

An online taster course is available to students here. This gives you a chance to see a few screens of the course and importantly use the interactive radio and check that the course will run on your device. We strongly advise you to download and try this taster on the device you will use for the course, before buying the full course. If the taster works on your device, the full course will work too. You can also opt for your course notes to be sent to you in a printed version or an ePack. eBooks are enhanced digital versions of RYA  printed books containing animations, video and interactive tools to help illustrate the key points and skills. As such, these eBooks are a great resource. eBooks can be viewed using a tablet, smartphone or computer which has the free RYA Books app installed. Visit for more information on devices currently supported. In general the app is supported on Windows PCs and laptops, Mac computers and laptops, iPhone, iPad, iPod touches and android phone and tablets, Kindle Fire tablets. If you wish to opt for an ePack please check that you have a suitable device compatible with the RYA Books app prior to purchase. Go to the RYA Books app download page  Please note ePacks can only be returned if they are faulty.

RYA Diesel engines - £50. Instructor Allen Swift. Course on Saturday 16th February (though we can add an extra course on the Sunday if we can get enough people - please email if you would be interested, and we'll let you know a.s.a.p. if a Saturday course is happening). Please note that this course is being run through Hamble School of Yachting who have very kindly agreed to run it at our venue to fit in with the rest of the training weekend. Course covers basic maintenance and engine care. Awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine. Able to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects which do not require workshop support. Recommended for bosuns plus second mates and above. Course runs 9am to 5pm. Bring warm clothes - this course includes classroom sessions which should be warm enough, but the practical sessions with an engine are under cover but otherwise open to the air!

Youthwork - £35. Course on Sunday 17th February. The day is in two parts - the morning session will be run by Jennie Hogan who has worked for some years with Hampshire County Council and is expert in understanding young people's behaviour, the underlying reasons behind challenging behaviour and what we can do to support young people on our voyages. Jennie did an excellent session at our training weekend in 2016 but she has some new research so even if you heard that session it would be worth coming again. The afternoon session will be run by John Snowden whom some of you will remember as a former first mate. He has been delivering sessions on behalf of the Metropolitan Police on cyberbullying; sexting, gangs and how this links to sexploitation, grooming, drugs, FGM and Prevent and is going to adapt this session for us. Recommended for all OYT South's staff and volunteers.

Lifejacket packing - £5. Saturday 16th February (morning only). We must have trained people to repack our lifejackets after their regular inflation tests or if a lifejacket goes off by mistake. It is therefore essential for safety reasons that we get a good number of sea staff through this course. The day has been designed to encourage people to do both lifejacket packing in the morning and chart corrections in the afternoon.

Chart corrections workshop - £5 - Saturday 16th February (afternoon only) - with Ollie Bowden. Since the start of 2018 there has been a new system in place for correcting Prolific's charts - please make sure you know how it works. Recommended for second matesb and above, plus anyone else interested in navigation who regularly attends Prolific's maintenance days.The day has been designed to encourage people to do both ifejacket packing in the morning and chart corrections in the afternoon.

Other information

Priority will be given to bookings from OYT South members who will be sailing on youth voyages in 2019, and those planning to join our sea staff; but where we have spare places, non-members are welcome to take part..

There will be a supper and social event on Saturday evening after the courses - all welcome, whether or not you are taking part in the training.

A hot lunch will be available each day for £5, Saturday's supper will cost £10. Both will include vegetarian options. Please email with any other special dietary requirements.

There will be basic accommodation on the floor of the Sea Cadet Unit on Saturday night - please bring a camping mattress and sleeping bag. If you don't have a camping mattress, please email to ask to borrow a boat mattress, but if we don't hear from you we will assume you are bringing your own! Breakfast in the Sea Cadet Unit is included for £5.

If you want breakfast but don't need overnight accommodation, please pay the £5 anyway using the form below but just email us to let us know you won't be staying overnight.

Booking form
If you have already had an email to say that your place(s) have been allocated for the weekend, please use this form to book and pay. If you haven't yet had your place confirmed, please email first to reserve a place and we'll confirm it with you before you fill in the form - just so you don't pay for a course only to find other people had already filled all the places!

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Location and times
All courses will be based around TS Hornet Sea Cadet Unit, Gosport, Royal Clarence Yard, Weevil Lane, Gosport PO12 1AX. As you turn off Mumby Road into Weevil Lane, take the first entrance on the right into Royal Clarence, and you’ll find yourself in a car park with buildings on all four sides. The Sea Cadet unit is the freestanding building ahead and to the left as you come through the entrance - easy to spot because it has a flagpole outside it!

If you are coming by train, go to Portsmouth Harbour and get the Gosport ferry - you can walk up from the ferry terminal.

Courses are designed to start as soon as possible after 9am, and certainly by 9.30am. Please don't be late as there is a limit to how long we can delay the start of any course by waiting for people. If you are held up or lost, please call me on 07986 354697 so we know what's happened to you! The Sea Cadet Unit will be open from around 8am, if you want to help us set things up and have a tea or coffee before your course.

Most courses should end around 5pm (and some will end earlier). On Saturday, courses will be followed by a presentation from our Chief Executive Mark Todd; the bar will be open; and for those of you who have booked dinner, we’ll aim to start serving at around 1900.

If you have booked to stay overnight in the Sea Cadet Unit on Saturday, please don't forget your camping mattress and sleeping bag. If you have a spare camping mattress which you could lend to someone else, please let us know !

Extra information
If you are doing the GMDSS assessment, don’t forget you MUST do the online course in advance. You will be sent details when you book. Do let us know if you are having any problems with it.

If you are doing the diesel course, bring warm clothes. Your course includes classroom sessions which should be warm enough, but the practical sessions with an engine are under cover but otherwise open to the air!

“Learned a lot about sailing, but also about myself and the importance of teamwork.” Clemente, 24