Emergency Procedures: Search & Rescue


18th – 19th May – £450.00

So you’ve read the books, been on the course, but here is your chance to put these skills into practice.  Find out how you cope with the pressure of HM Coastguard’s helicopter whirling overhead whilst you are at the helm.  Find out what happens when the RNLI arrive to set up a tow during a live training exercise!  This is a truly unique course with a difference.

You will get the opportunity to undergo a Helicopter search and rescue training exercise with HM Coastguard* during which, there will be a hi-line transfer of the winch man on to the yacht that you will be crewing.

This informative weekend will be led  by Harry Leslie; an internationally acknowledged expert on search and rescue management.  Harry combines his ability as an accomplished yachtsman with an in-depth knowledge of search and rescue and a totally inappropriate sense of humour to deliver a memorable and enjoyable weekend.

To ensure you get the most out of this course, we are limiting spaces to just six people.

Whilst there are no pre-requisites for attendance, this course is aimed at people looking to expand their cruising experience from day sailing to offshore passage making. To get the most out of this course, it is recommended that you are at Day Skipper level or above.

HM Coastguard and RNLI
Rescue 175 hovering above Cowes RNLI Inshore Lifeboat

The course will be taking place on the water and in the classroom both of which will be based in and around Cowes. During the weekend, we will give you the knowledge and confidence to handle a variety of emergency situations on a sailing yacht and allow you to put these skills into practice, during live training with the RNLI and HM Coastguard on board our Bavaria 39.

There will be a mix of theory and practical sessions over the weekend, with topics covered such as; man overboard, towing and helicopter procedures, whilst time in the classroom will develop an understanding of GMDSS, MMSI along with incident reporting, search patterns and rescue communications.  There will also be a focus on basic trauma knowledge and first aid whilst at sea.  This classroom based session will be lead by Dave Farmer – a registered Nurse of 23 years who is also RNLI Lifeboat Crew and currently works as an A&E Nurse. 

Rescue 175 and Cowes RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
Winch man being lowered to Cowes RNLI


By the end of the course you will have an understanding of SAR procedures and UK SAR organisation, including alerting by various means, self help, severity limitation, consequence management and maritime communication.

What’s included 

  • Accommodation aboard our yacht in Shepards Marina, Cowes 
  • Breakfast and packed lunch Saturday and Sunday
  • A tour of Cowes Lifeboat Station
  • Resource pack 
  • Practical and classroom based sessions with all equipment provided

*Please note that this activity is weather permitting (due to certain conditions required by the Helicopter).  The helicopter will be on standby for operational tasks during training and maybe called to attend an incident at any time. 

Contact Salty Sailing to find out more or book your space now!