Training Courses

We offer a wide range of training courses and qualifications, to find out more information on any individual course just click on it. There is also a downloadable PDF for each course, just click the link within each section.

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First Aid

We offer first aid training for a range of environments – from first aid at work to required qualifications for the RYA and BCU

Day Emergency First Aid at work

First Aid Training - Jaw Thrust


This Emergency First Aid at Work qualification came into effect 1st October 2009. Where an employer’s assessment for First Aid Needs identifies that a three-day FAW qualification is not necessary, employers are required to provide suitable emergency first training for staff within the workplace to render first aid in the event of an accident or illness. The 1 day course can be delivered to for up to 12 delegates.

Duration:

1 day

Course contents:

The course covers those aspects of First Aid which are required in emergency situations, such as:

  • Action in an Emergency
  • Primary Assessment
  • Secondary Assessment
  • Breathing and Circulation
  • Principles of Resuscitation
  • Airway Obstruction
  • Disorders of Circulation
  • Bleeding.

 Assessment and certification:

On-going assessment by the tutor will be carried out and successful students will receive a certificate valid for three years, which is Health and Safety Executive approved.

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2 Day Outdoor First Aid

First Aid Training - Using a rescue mask


This course is suitable for anyone who requires a first aid certificate to achieve an outdoor qualification, e.g. Scottish Cycling awards, Mountain Leader award etc. The course meets the requirements of many of the awarding bodies and can be tailored to specific needs where necessary.

Duration:

2 day (16 hours)

Course contents:

  • Action at an incident
  • Management of an unconscious casualty
  • Resuscitation
  • Treatment and control of bleeding
  • Treatment of injuries to bones, muscles and joints
  • Recognition and treatment of shock
  • Treatment of choking
  • Recognition and treatment of common illnesses
  • Contents of first aid kits

 Assessment and certification:

On-going assessment by the tutor will be carried out and successful students will receive a certificate which is valid for 3 years.

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3 Days First Aid at Work

Emergency 1st Aid at work course students


Upon successful completion of the course and final assessment, the delegate will receive the HSE nationally recognised First Aid at Work certificate, valid for three years.

The certificate will enable the holder to act as a First Aider in the workplace under the 1981(First Aid at Work regulations). The course syllabus can be contextualised to your specific needs and areas of risk.

Duration:

3 days

Course contents:

  • Responsibilities of the First Aider
  • Action in an Emergency
  • Primary Assessment
  • Secondary Assessment
  • Breathing and Circulation
  • Principles of Resuscitation
  • Disorders of consciousness
  • Wounds and Bleeding
  • Burns and Scalds
  • Bones, Joint and muscle Injuries
  • Poisoning
  • Foreign Objects
  • Effects of heat and cold
  • Casualty management
  • Incident management

 Assessment and certification:

There is a final assessment on the last day of the course. Successful delegates will be awarded an HSE Approved First Aid at Work certificate which is valid for 3 year from date of assessment.

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RYA First Aid at Sea


In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. The course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.

It fulfils the requirements for:

  • Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters;
  • The Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4).

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.

Duration:

1 day (or 2 evenings)

Course content:

  • The recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR, including the drowning protocol
  • Cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • Helicopter rescue

Assessment and certification

After completing the one day course successful candidates receive an RYA approved certificate valid for three years.

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Automated External Defribrillator (AED Course)


This course is designed to provide a course that meets the recommendations of the ERC for first responders

Duration:

6hrs

Course content:

  • An overview of Ventricular Fibrillation and the use of defibrillators.
  • Emphasis on early intervention, early CPR and the importance of the ‘Chain of Survival’.
  • Lots of hands-on practice for students using training AED’s.
  • Scenario practice sessions tailored to portray similar situations to which the student may have to respond.
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting of AED’s.

Assessment and certification

A final assessment of knowledge and skill is a requirement of this programme

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Paediatric First Aid


The Paediatric and Early Years first aid programme has been designed to meet with the recommendations of OFSTED for people working within early year’s education

Duration:

2 days

Course content:

  • See course details below

Assessment and certification

The assessment for Paediatric and Early Years First Aid includes a continuous and ongoing assessment of students

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Sea Kayaking

For Sea Kayaking we offer 2 courses and an assessment

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking courses


This course is designed for a competent flat water paddler who wants to experience kayaking on the open sea. You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of travelling efficiently over distance, perform deep water rescues, towing and self rescue. You will also learn about considerations of basic sea kayaking equipment.

Duration:

1 day

Prerequisites:

None

Course content (an introduction to the principles of):

  • Efficient forward & reverse  paddling
  • Changing directions
  • Moving sideways
  • Supporting
  • Deep water rescue
  • Basic Navigation
  • Contact  tows and use of towlines
  • Personal risk management
  • Equipment

Assessment and certification

This is an attendance only course

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3 Star Sea Kayaking (Training)

Training group sea Kayaking


This course is designed for a competent flat water paddler who wants to learn how to undertake coastal trips on the sea, with a view to taking the BCU 3 Sea Assessment or just to develop their paddling. You will learn how to travel efficiently over distance, perform deep water rescues, tow and self rescue. You will also learn about risk management and how to work as an effective member of a group while journeying.This is an ideal progression for those who have previously taken the BCU 2 Star Award and wish to take the BCU 3 Sea Kayak assessment, or those with extensive flat water kayaking experience who want to progress their skills and bring a different, exploration element to the sport.

Duration:

2 days

Prerequisites:

Basic kayak skills equivalent to BCU 2 Star award.

Course content:

  • Efficient forward & reverse  paddling
  • Changing directions
  • Moving sideways
  • Rolling
  • Supporting
  • Deep water rescue
  • Navigation
  • Contact tows and use of towlines
  • Personal risk management
  • Equipment
  • Tides and trip planning
  • Hypothermia/first aid
  • Environmental awareness
  • Planning and group awareness

Assessment and certification

This is an attendance course. There is a separate 3 Star Assessment Course.

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3 Star Sea Kayaking (Assessment)

Sea kayak assessment - launching and landing


The course will build upon and assess the skills previously learnt in the 3 Star Sea Kayak Training. The assessment will require evidence of at least 3 journeys on the sea of about 3 hours duration (8nm) i.e. log book, and evidence of about 3 hours duration in an alternative discipline.

If you feel you haven’t  had enough experience of sea kayaking to take the assessment, or would like to build on your skills and experience before getting the award, our BCU 3 star Sea Kayak Training course is the perfect next step for you.

Duration:

1 day

Prerequisites:

Provide evidence of at least 3 different journeys on the sea of about 3 hours duration.

Provide evidence of at least one session of about 3 hours duration in an alternative discipline.

Course content:

  • Efficient  forward & reverse  paddling
  • Changing directions
  • Moving sideways
  • Rolling
  • Supporting
  • Deep water rescue
  • Navigation
  • Contact  tows and use of towlines
  • Personal risk management
  • Equipment
  • Tides and trip planning
  • Hypothermia/first aid
  • Environmental awareness
  • Planning and group awareness

Assessment and certification

Assessment  is undertaken throughout  a day while undertaking a journey as part of a group.

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Surf Kayaking

Similar to Sea Kayaking  we offer 2 courses and and assessment

Introduction to Surf Kayaking

a surf kayak


This course is designed for a competent flat water paddler who wants to learn how to surf. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of surf prediction, choosing the right spot to take off and carve along the wave, as well as equipment and location selection.

Duration:

Evening

Prerequisites:

Basic  kayaking skills

Course content (an introduction to the fundamentals of):

  • Lifting, carrying and launching
  • Paddle out, Positioning and wave selection
  • Take off & Riding
  • Personal risk management
  • Equipment
  • Etiquette
  • Safety

Assessment and certification

This is an attendance only course.

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3 Star Surf Kayaking (Training)

surf kayak training 3 star


This course is designed for a competent flat water paddler who wants to learn how to undertake coastal trips on the sea, with a view to taking the BCU 3 Sea Assessment or just to develop their paddling. You will learn how to travel efficiently over distance, perform deep water rescues, tow and self rescue. You will also learn about risk management and how to work as an effective member of a group while journeying.
This is an ideal progression for those who have previously taken the BCU 2 Star Award and wish to take the BCU 3 Sea Kayak assessment, or those with extensive flat water kayaking experience who want to progress their skills and bring a different, exploration element to the sport.

Duration:
2 days

Prerequisites:

Basic kayak skills equivalent to BCU 2 Star award.

Course content:

  • Efficient forward & reverse paddling
  • Changing directions
  • Moving sideways
  • Rolling
  • Supporting
  • Deep water rescue
  • Navigation
  • Contact tows and use of towlines
  • Personal risk management
  • Equipment
  • Tides and trip planning
  • Hypothermia/first aid
  • Environmental awareness
  • Planning and group awareness

Assessment and certification
This is an attendance course. There is a separate 3 Star Assessment Course.

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3 Star Surf Kayaking (Assessment)

Kayak Surfing


The course will build upon and assess the skills previously learnt in the 3 Star Sea Kayak Training. The assessment will require evidence of at least 3 journeys on the sea of about 3 hours duration (8nm) i.e. log book, and evidence of about 3 hours duration in an alternative discipline.
If you feel you haven’t had enough experience of sea kayaking to take the assessment, or would like to build on your skills and experience before getting the award, our BCU 3 star Sea Kayak Training course is the perfect next step for you.

Duration:
1 day

Prerequisites:

Provide evidence of at least 3 different journeys on the sea of about 3 hours duration.
Provide evidence of at least one session of about 3 hours duration in an alternative discipline.

Course content:

  • Efficient forward & reverse paddling
  • Changing directions
  • Moving sideways
  • Rolling
  • Supporting
  • Deep water rescue
  • Navigation
  • Contact tows and use of towlines
  • Personal risk management
  • Equipment
  • Tides and trip planning
  • Hypothermia/first aid
  • Environmental awareness
  • Planning and group awareness

Assessment and certification
Assessment is undertaken throughout a day while undertaking a journey as part of a group.

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Surf Lifesaving

At present we offer the SLSA beach lifeguard award, more will be along soon.

SLSA Beach Lifeguard Award

SLS lifeguard course


The SLSGB Lifeguard Award is the best in the UK and the preferred award for lifeguard for our partner, the RNLI. It is the prerequisite for working as a beach lifeguard for the RNLI or Local Authority Lifeguard service and for National Surfing Instructor Awards. It is also recognised by the International Lifesaving Federation and is accepted throughout the world by lifeguard services including those in Australia and New Zealand

Pre Requisites:

Minimum age for the course is 16 years, be able to swim 400 meters in under 7:30 and be able to run 200 meters in under 0:40 seconds.

Cost:
The cost of the course is £300, which includes Course and Examination fee, Beach Lifeguard Award and First Aid Manual, 1 year SLSGB Membership and 1 year Public Liability Insurance & Personal Accident Insurance.

Duration:
6 days

Course content:

The course covers six main areas:

  • Fitness and releases
  • Lifeguard Skills
  • Knowledge and rescues
  • Spinal Management
  • Emergency life support
  • Emergency first aid

Assessment and certification
The training will be run over 5 days with a final exam day run by an external examiner. The qualification is valid for 2 years initially.

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SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue


To establish a standard that creates a level of competence in Life Saving that meets the requirements of the surf coach and enables more location and job specific training and assessment. Surf coaching requires a 1:10 ratio and so most surf coaches will be operating on their own and will need to have life saving skills to deal with situations without immediate assistance.

Pre Requisites:

  • Minimum of 16 years of age on date of assessment.
  • Able to perform a continuous swim for a minimum of 200 metres in a pool.
  • Medically and physically fit.

Duration:
3 days

Course content:

The course covers four main areas:

  • Fitness test and releases
  • Lifesaving Skills Rescue and Knowledge
  • Life Support
  • First Aid

Assessment and certification
Ongoing tutor assessment during the course

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Coasteer Guide Training Programme

Coasteering Guide training in accordance with the National Coasteering Charter Group guidelines

Coasteer Guide Training


Aim:

Part 1:- Coasteer guide training (in accordance with the National Coasteer Charter Group guidelines)

Part 2:- Establish a level of competence in rescue and Life Saving techniques for Coasteering Guides.

Duration:
Part 1 and 2 – 1.5 days each

Pre Requisites:

  • Minimum of 16 years of age on the date of assessment.
  • This qualification is only open to candidates who hold a valid and recognised 18 hour First Aid certificate. At the start of the Course
  • All candidates will be required to demonstrate CPR to the standards set out by the Resuscitation Council (UK).
  • Able to swim 400 metres in 9minutes 30 seconds.
  • Medically and physically fit.

Course Content:

Part 1 please see programme

Part 2:

Syllabus

  • Fitness test and releases.
  • Complete a swim of 200 metres in the sea whilst wearing typical Coasteering PPE. This is understood to comprise of a wetsuit or dry-suit, appropriate footwear, helmet and buoyancy aid.
  • Demonstrate two releases and appropriate handling of the situation.

Life Saving Skills, Rescue & Knowledge

  • Rescue a casualty in the Coasteering environment using a rescue tube and tow over 100 metres.
  • Rescue a casualty in the Coasteering environment using a throw line.
  • Demonstrate two appropriate contact tows.
  • Negotiate surf and swim using swell to your advantage.
  • Effectively manage a spinal injury in the Coasteering environment.
  • Effectively extract a casualty to safety in the Coasteering environment.
  • Communicate using a variety of techniques.
  • Demonstrate understanding of beach environment, Coasteering hazards, mechanism of common injury and drowning.
  • Demonstrate action for vomit, if not evidenced in pre-requisite first aid qualification.
  • Have an understanding of generic and site specific emergency procedures.
  • It is recommended that Unit 1 of the CSR course consists of eight Guided Learning Hours.

Assessment and certification

Demonstrate the ability to carry out the practical skills as well as support actions with underpinning knowledge as defined in the syllabus. Candidates will receive a Certificate of attendance for Part 1 and a SLSGB Coasteer Safety & Rescue certificate for Part 2. The SLSGB award is valid for two years, which can be revalidated with a proficiency test*.

*Candidates will be registered as members of SLSGB for one year as part of the course fee.

Other useful information:

What to bring:

  • Helmet
  • Wetsuit (5/3 winter)
  • Rash vest
  • Gloves
  • Water shoes/wetsuits boots
  • Buoyancy aid (min 50N)
  • Long shorts (to protect your wetsuit)
  • Windproof cag
  • Throw line
  • Dry bag
  • First aid kit
  • Flask
  • Bivi bag
  • Towel
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Pen & paper
  • Packed lunch (there is a shop at the training location)

We will be looking at a range of equipment during the course. If you need to borrow any of the above equipment please let us know beforehand.

Course Details

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