Sea Survival

ISKGA Sea Survival Guidelines

Sea Survival trainer Dave Whiddon of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Sea Kayak guide and instructor Jeff Allen developed the I.S.K.G.A Sea Survival syllabus to meet the needs of the sea kayaking community.

The programme is a one or possibly two-day course depending on the resources available to you as a trainer.

Course Guidelines:

Duration: 1 or 2 days

Guides must have a working knowledge of individual and group sea survival techniques, strategies and equipment.

Guides must fully understand, hypothermia, the drowning process and the immediate adverse effects of cold water (Cold shock).

Guides must have in place a sea survival strategy, this should be developed over the duration of the course and tie in to other long term survival strategies.

Guides should have an understanding of the limitations of equipment and be aware of the advantages/disadvantages of using either a PFD/BA and/or a Life Jacket.

Guides must understand the use of flares, EPIRBS, Spot units, GPS units, VHF’s and mobile phones for attracting outside assistance. During the course guides must develop a firing sequence.

Guides should have a knowledge of the different search & rescue procedures of their home nation agencies.