Frequently Asked Questions for Summer School 2019

Please take a moment to read our Frequently Asked Questions for Summer School 2019:

Why are you not offering a powerboat licence this year?

We feel this qualification is not integral to SAR work and that our Courses provide a more holistic and pertinent set of skills for rescue work.

I attended last year’s Advanced Course, is there any point coming to this year’s Summer School?

The content of this year’s Summer School will be similar to last year’s, but as skill-fade is a common issue in the world of search and rescue, up to date training may be important if you wish to volunteer in the future with confidence.

I have considerable experience but haven’t got an RYA Level 2 Powerboating licence, am I still able to indicate my skill level is Helm on the application form?

Yes, we would advise gaining your RYA 2 if possible before the Summer School as it will be a prerequisite in the future for volunteering but it is not necessary to attend the Summer School at Helm skill level.

I have limited experience but I have my powerboat licence — should I indicate my skill to be Deckhand or Helm level?

We would advise indicating Deckhand level on the application form, but using the personal statement to describe your previous experience at sea.

What should I bring? What kit will be provided?

Bring warm clothing, a towel and any of your own kit. We will provide wetsuits and PPE (personal protective equipment).

Am I fit enough to go on the Course?

Necessary strength is needed to get into a boat safely. This is equatable to getting out of a swimming pool without using the steps, and the technique can be practiced in the same way.

What kind of skills and qualifications will I gain?

You will receive a certificate of completion relating to the Course you have attended, as well as an AP Casualty Care qualification.

What’s the best way to get there?

We will supply you with comprehensive directions to get to UWC Atlantic College by public transport. If you are driving, free parking is available at the College and it is easy to find using online maps or Satnav.

Do I need to be a strong swimmer? How much time will be spent in the water?

While being a strong swimmer is a benefit, applicants only have to be comfortable being in the water for launching and landing vessels off the slipway.

What is the food and accomodation like? Will I be sharing a room?

You will be in a four person dormitory which is not the RITZ but perfectly nice. We place a lot of emphasis on teamwork and the environment is similar to that of rescue mission or volunteer situation. The food is usually excellent.

Will there be opportunities to volunteer on missions at sea when I complete the course?

We cannot guarantee a fast track to a mission, however we are recognised and held in high esteem by other NGOs currently active in humanitarian crises. We believe that if you wish to volunteer, it is worthwhile obtaining skills to ensure that you can do the job well. We will monitor everyone’s performance during the Courses and advise how participants can improve and best help in a crisis situation, ensuring that anyone embarking on volunteering missions is applying for a suitable role.

How much future commitment does the charity hope for from people who come on the summer school? Is it worth me coming if I don’t think I’d be free to come on missions afterwards?

You will become crew for AP after successfully completing the Course and we hope that you will feel a sense of loyalty. We are a growing organisation and are currently run entirely by volunteers. We will be selecting people who we feel are committed to our mission, and while this often means volunteering using the training they have experienced, AP benefits from the hard work of skilled people in many different areas in order to operate as a charity.

Who is the typical AP summer school student?

You are!

What would a typical day look like?

The Summer School is full-time and there is rarely a moment doing nothing. Sessions begin at 9am and we are active, usually, until 8pm. The Courses are intense and we cover a lot of ground: much of the day is spent doing physical activities and this is often followed by evening lectures. You will need to get sleep every night and maybe drink a lot of coffee — though previous participants have always found time to socialise with like-minded individuals in the evenings!

What other facilities can I use? Swimming pool or gym?

Atlantic College has a lot of facilities including two swimming pools, gyms and tennis courts. You will be able to use these resources however it will be in accordance with the College’s regulations and only at times when they are not being used by other groups.

How are we expected to behave at Atlantic College?

You will be staying on a stunning 350-acre campus (which includes a medieval castle where meals are served) with families and other guests of Atlantic College. Whilst we want you to enjoy your experience, we ask that you show respect and consideration for those that live on campus.

What kind of food do they serve at AC?

The canteen provides a wide range of food and if you have any dietary requirements, then please advise us what they are so they can be accommodated for in advance. Atlantic College is an international school with students from many different cultures and therefore they are very experienced in providing a suitable range of food.

If I attended last year’s Summer School, haven’t I already done the Cas Care Course?

Yes! This is why we have the option for those who already hold the AP Cas Care certification (from AP SS 2017 and 2018) to join the 2019 Summer School after the first two days of Cas Care have been delivered.

If I attended the first Summer School in 2016, haven’t I already done the Cas Care Course?

In 2016 we offered informal Cas Care sessions but we had not introduced our certifiable course, so you will be required to do the full Summer School in 2019.