Search and Rescue (SAR) Fundamentals Course


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Search and Rescue (SAR) Fundamentals

4 Days & 1 Night Course at Royal Docks, London


An entry course in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), based at our new London-based training hub at Royal Docks in Newham. Covering both the hard and soft skills needed to become a competent and useful SAR crew. Taught by qualified instructors with SAR experience and incorporating proven techniques used across the world

Prerequisite: RYA Powerboat Level 2 or international equivalent

Duration: 4 days and a night exercise

Course attendee numbers: limited to 5 people per course

Cost: £550 for the full course (4 days, 1 night)

SAR Fundamentals is a training course that introduces people to the activity of saving lives from drowning. Participants will already have a good baseline of boating activity with an RYA powerboat level 2 certificate or international equivalent. They will build on this knowledge with expert teaching from instructors who are all, not only qualified powerboat instructors, but who also have experience in the Search and Rescue field; whether that be in official SAR organisations or the NGOs more recently created to help with the migrant situation in the central Mediterranean. 

The course has been developed using the International Maritime Rescue Federation Rescue Boat operative course as a baseline with additions made by the developers from their extensive experience in the SAR world, tested extensively in adverse conditions.

The participants will 

  • Perfect their deck work and learn the crew skills required for search and rescue. 
  • Increase their confidence with close-quarter maneuvering in order to be able to approach and direct casualty vessels safely. 
    • Approaches
    • Coming alongside safely
    • Holding off
  • Learn how to perform search patterns 
  • Learn casualty recovery and what to do with them once they are on board. This sounds very simplistic but can be one of the most difficult parts of search and rescue in challenging conditions. 
    • Man Overboard
    • Safe recovery into your vessel for both the casualty and the crew
  • Learn how to tow casualty vessels safely 
  • Learn how to perform basic maintenance on the vessel

They will also be introduced to and helped to gain confidence in incredibly important soft skills such as:

  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Personal and crew wellbeing
  • Communication 

Atlantic Pacific SAR fundamentals is an excellent choice for your first step into search and rescue.  One of only a few civilian open-access courses available, it teaches up-to-date, effective marine search and rescue techniques.  Our Royal Docks location enables you to learn in a safe, controlled environment”.

Qualification: Successful participants will receive an internal qualification that will provide the opportunity to engage with further training. While both of these are internal qualifications, with discussion between AP and the crewing lead, they are also recognised by Seawatch, Refugee Rescue and other Search and Rescue NGOs.

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