RYA/MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival


D13.1 Certification available

RYA/MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival Certificate

D13.2 Minimum course duration

One day including a two hour (minimum) practical session in the pool.

D13.3 Award criteria

Continual assessment during course

D13.4 Instructor qualification

RYA Sea Survival Instructor

D13.5 Student:instructor ratio

Maximum 16 students to one instructor. Maximum number of students must not exceed twice the liferaft capacity.

D13.6 Course materials

On successful completion of a course the RTC must issue the student with the appropriate certificate and keep a record of the certificate at the centre.
Compulsory Recommended
SSC/E-SCC Sea Survival Pack (incorporates the certificate and Sea Survial Handbook)
G103 RYA Boat Safety Handbook
Many of the publications and packs above are also available as eBooks. See the Recognised Training Centre Price List for details.

Training aids:
Visual aids appropriate to the course should be provided along with materials such as handbooks, videos, animations and eBooks. Instructors should also provide their own additional training aids.

D13.7 Equipment

A heated pool, minimum depth 1.95m.
Liferaft, maximum 8-man.
Lifejackets and wet weather gear. During the pool session students must wear wet weather gear and lifejackets. RTCs must make it clear in the booking information whether these are provided and whether a charge is made. Items provided by the RTC must be clean and suitable for the session.

D13.8 Practical session

The practical session must take place in a heated pool, not the sea.

A pool lifeguard, other than the instructor, must be present during the pool session. (Additional safety measures may be required by the pool administration).

D13.9 Centre inspection

Required at initial application stage and subsequently every five years.