Water Safety

This non-affiliated standalone beginners course is designed as an introduction to safety on the water in whatever activity you choose – don’t expect to be fully competent in any of the areas the course covers by using this course alone. The course is aimed to last approximately four hours.

A student who wishes to become more proficient in particular topics of this course may continue their studies with an appropriate RYA course or similar.. 


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Reading the content of these pages is not a substitute for completing an RYA Shorebased course or similar.


This document gives an overview of the topics this course covers.

Water Safety – Syllabus

Slides and lesson plan

Resources to print

Emergency situations  – one set.
Routine call cards – one each.
Distress message template – one each.
Buoyage flip cards – one set per table.
Blank charts – one per table (printed in A3 or copied onto A1)
Weather forecast and tide table examples – one set per table.
Craft priority –  one set per table.
Rules of the water quiz – one set per table.