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February 2020 shorebased training weekend

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OYT South's 2020 shorebased training weekend will take place on Saturday 15th February and Sunday 16th February 2020, in Gosport.

Sadly we no longer have access to the Sea Cadet Unit which has been our base for training weekends for many years. Most courses and meals (including Saturday dinner) will now be at the Park Tavern, Park Rd, Gosport PO12 2HH; but First Aid will be at Hornet Services Sailing Club (NOT in the same place as TS Hornet Sea Cadet Unit).

Terms and conditions
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. Course running on Saturday 15th February. 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sea staff, required for second mates and above, compulsory updates every three years - check when your certificate goes out of date.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 payable later to the RYA - last year this was £60 but we need to check if the price will rise befiore February - 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.

Mental Health - £35. Course on Sunday 16th February, run by Sue Cheshire. This course will look at a range of things we might encounter on the boat, from anxiety to phobias, and is designed to equip us all to understand and support people as best we can. Recommended for all OYT South's staff and volunteers. This course is very nearly full - please ask about spaces and we can also set up a reserve list in case anyone drops out.

Youthwork - £35. Course on Saturday 15th February. A day incorporating several different sessions of interest to volunteers, including one on engaging young people with environmental issues at sea (run by Holly Vint), and another on delivering coaching and feedback on board (run by Adam Lane and Lee Mosscrop). Recommended for all volunteers who want to improve their skills in working with young people!

Other information

Priority will be given to bookings from OYT South members who will be sailing on youth voyages in 2020, 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 at the Park Tavern on Saturday evening after the courses - all welcome, whether or not you are taking part in the training.

Lunch will be available each day for £5; Saturday's supper will cost £10; and there are bacon baguettes on Sunday morning for £3. All meals need to be booked in advance. There will be vegetarian options for all meals but please email with any other special dietary requirements.

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!

NB depending on what system you are using, if you are paying for multiple items (e.g. courses and meals) you may find that PayPal opens a new page when you click your first item. Simply navigate back to this page, add extra items one by one and you should find them all in your PayPal shopping cart and you can pay for them all at once.


Location and times

Full joining instructions and maps.

Youthwork and Mental Health courses will be at Park Tavern, Park Rd, Gosport PO12 2HH. There is plenty of parking nearby.

For First Aid (at Hornet Services Sailing Club) if you want to park a car, please send in your registration details now..

Courses are designed to start 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 Caz on 07986 354697 so we know what's happened to you!

Most courses should end around 4.30pm (and some will end earlier). On Saturday, courses will be followed by a presentation from our Chief Executive Mark Todd in the Park Tavern; the bar will be open; and for those of you who have booked dinner, we’ll aim to start serving at around 1900.

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.

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