Compulsory for blue water sailing on Influencer is completing Safety at Sea. Its not only vital but fun too - when else can you legally let off a flare without an emergency??
This involved plenty of practical - getting in and out of liferafts - no it’s not easy, flipping a flipped liferaft back, and learning to set off flares correctly, amongst other general safety rules and regulations. I had no idea how hot a flare gets when its used!
The other key training for me was the Radio Operators course - proper use of a VHF and HF radio. In an emergency knowing what and how to say what needs to be said is also vital. Im happy to report I now know that VHF radios are used for line of sight contact, and HF radios for long distance and feel quite confident in using them as needed!