Summer School 2018

Summer School 2018 Application is NOW OPEN




Atlantic Pacific are looking for all types of volunteers to join our Summer School this year. If you think you can help Atlantic Pacific and its mission, please apply. The application consists of six sections and should take no longer than 40 minutes to complete.

As the Courses focus on sea-based Search and Rescue (SAR), applicants must be comfortable entering the water. Fitness will not be tested as part of the Courses, but applicants should be able to lift themselves into the boat (this technique can be equated to getting out of a swimming pool without using the steps, and practiced in the same way).

Accommodation and catering is included in the cost of each course, as well as a Welcome Pack per participant. The Summer School will take place at UWC Atlantic College in South Wales. For insurance purposes, we can only accept applications from those who will be over 18 years of age on attending the Summer School. Both Courses include training in and assessment of Atlantic Pacific’s Casualty Care certification, focused on utilising AP’s Check Cards, which is valid for three years.

Further information about Atlantic Pacific can be found on our Facebook page.


1. Atlantic Pacific Crew Member: Advanced: 17th –24th June, 2018

Previous experience is necessary for this Course: Atlantic Pacific intend to train people with seagoing and boat-handling experience in essential Search and Rescue skills, with the hope they will be suitable for volunteering as lifeboat helms. It is not necessary to have attended previous Atlantic Pacific Summer Schools, but for those who have (particularly the Advanced Course of 2017), this year’s Course will incorporate more focus on helming a tender of a rescue ship.

NB: For insurance purposes, this course is ONLY AVAILABLE to those who possess a valid RYA Powerboat Level 2 licence (or equivalent). Atlantic Pacific will conduct a skills assessment at the beginning of the Course to ensure that participants’ experience and skill level is at least in line with RYA Powerboat Level 2 standards. Broadly speaking, this entails the following: launching and recovery, boat-handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard. Failure to produce a valid licence at the start of the Advanced Course will prevent you from being able to participate and, unfortunately, we will not be able to reimburse the cost of the Course.

Price: £400

2.Atlantic Pacific Crew Member: Beginner: 24th June — 1st July, 2018

This Course will teach the core skills necessary to be a crew member or deckhand on a lifeboat or rescue ship tender. No previous experience is required, though a demonstrated interest in Atlantic Pacific and its mission is desirable. This course is ideally suited (but by no means limited to) people who may be eligible to volunteer on Search and Rescue vessels in other capacities, for example as cultural mediators, medics or journalists. It is also a starting point for those who wish to gain Search and Rescue skills but have had no previous experience or opportunity.

Price: £400

For more information, please see the Summer School FAQ page on our website


The deadline for all applications is MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY 30th APRIL (GMT). Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, any late applications cannot be considered. We will be in touch shortly afterwards to inform you of the outcome of your application.

If you are successful in gaining a place on the Summer School, the full fee for the Course (£400) must be paid to Atlantic Pacific no later than 5pm, 13th of April in order to secure your place. If you are making a transfer from overseas, please allow enough time for the payment to arrive before this date. Further details regarding the payment will be supplied once the Summer School places have been confirmed, including information on our generously donated scholarships.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this application, please contact or read our Frequently Asked Questions