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RNLI Diver Sea Survival Workshop

RNLI Diver Sea Survival Workshop

Want to improve your chances of survival at sea in an emergency situation?

This one-day workshop has been developed by the RNLI in association with the British Diving Safety Group (BDSG) to improve diver safety while out at sea.

The course aims to refresh existing safety and rescue skills as well as introduce some new techniques for improving surface location and survival skills in an emergency situation.

The workshop covers dive planning, rescue skills, sea survival and methods of calling for help at the surface and involves theoretical and practical scenarios.

Watch the RNLI Diver Sea Survival video trailer

Entry requirement

BSAC Ocean Diver (or acceptable alternative) and above.

What you’ll learn

The Diver Sea Survival Workshop consists of a theory presentation, a dive planning session and a practical session (two dives) during which you will develop and refresh your skills in:

  • Dive planning and management, including risk assessment, chartwork and weather
  • Preparing for your dive, kit and safety equipment/boat safety equipment
  • Out of gas emergencies and in-water rescue
  • Calling for help and visibility on the surface, including use of location equipment
  • Techniques for survival on the surface

Learning materials

Your course pack includes all the learning materials you need for the course. Students will be able to apply for a Qualification Card.

How to do this course...

If you are a member:
You can do the RNLI Diver Sea Survival Workshop either at a BSAC Regional Event, at a commercial BSAC Centre or in your BSAC club. Not all clubs run their own Workshops, please check with your Diving Officer if you are interested.

If you are not a BSAC member:
You can do this course by joining a local BSAC club and training with other club members or through a BSAC Regional Event. Or you could do the course at a BSAC Centre. Find a club or centre near you using the 'Find It' tool

Your next steps

After this course you could further your training by doing another Skill Development Courses (SDCs) or you could progress with a Diver Grade Course


RNLI Diver Sea Survival trailer

RNLI Diver Sea Survival Workshop

Watch the video trailer