The Rescue Skipper Instructor programme is the first in the series of professional programmes for Instructors, Skippers, Yachstmen and women.

The candidates for the instructor course undergo a selection process where they are verified in both physical and psychological terms.
Endurance training: swimming – 1000 m, having the injured on a tow – 100 m, staying on the water surface – 15 minutes, swimming in ABC equipment (dive mask, snorkel and fins) – 500 m, swimming underwater – 15 m, recovering items from up to 5 m depth.

Course guidelines:
Theory and practice, accident scenarios:

1. Training session: providing first aid, recovery position, protective barriers, automated external defibrillator (AED) use, providing first oxygen aid; practice.

2. Training session: providing auxiliary medical assistance, what to do in the case of bleeding, shock, spinal injury, seasickness, dehydration, sunstroke, choking, limb fracture; practice.

3. Training session: radiotelephonic communications’ rules, distress communications, urgency communications; practice.

4. Rescue session: safety measures, life protection measures, securing measures.
Development of the skills of using:
• Safety belt, life harness, buoyancy aid.
• Tying lifeline, making safety harness with a rope, tying bowline knot.
• Life ring, safety cord.
• Safety rope, danbuoy.

5. Practical skills development session:
• Practice: man overboard, manoeuvre under sail under power.
• Practice: man overboard, getting an unconscious person out of water, using life protection devices.
• Practice: getting a panicked person out of water, freeing techniques, using life

The programme was developed by Kris Buczek (TT00568), the ISSA Trainer