General Data Protection Policy

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To learn more about Privacy Shield, which is an agreement on protection of personal data between the EU and the US, please read here.

This privacy policy sets out how 1st Sea School uses and protects any information that you give 1st Sea School.

1st Sea School is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified, when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

1st Sea School may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 17th May 2018.

What is personal data?

Personal data is all kinds of information that can identifying a physical person. e.g. name, address, phone number but the more obscure data including log, encrypted, electronic I.D's, IP address just to mention a few.

What is processing of personal data?

Processing of personal data is every action that is taken in relation to personal data, regardless of whether it is done in an automated way or not. Common processing actions are collection, registration, structuring, storing, adaptation, transfer and deletion.

Website visitors and individuals telephoning or e-mailing:


We have limited our website tracking but as some still exists e.g. location data, IP-number, cookie identifiers, unique identifier of devices you use to access and use the services and our websites, this data makes us the Data Controller - though we don't actually 'control' this - our partners who design, host and maintain our website, do have access in order to provide the service.

1st Sea School are also data controller for personal data processed when someone telephones or emails requesting our services.

What we collect:

The Booking process and student records (RGN B7)

Any data collected by 1st Sea School will be the minimum required for the purpose of course bookings and qualification registration.
For this reason there is a requirement to share some of this data with the Royal yachting association (RYA) that it may be recorded and placed on the RYA central data base.
The reason that 1st Sea School and the RYA hold this information is that we can refer to our records in the case of replacement certificates.
For this purpose data is keep for a maximum of six (6) years then destroyed iIn compliance with RYA guidelines.

On completion of your practical course (Powerboat Level 2, Day Skipper, Yacht- master Coastal/Offshore) your name, contact details, date of birth, certificate number and date of issue will be shared with the RYA via a secure web portal on the data will be stored on the RYAs central database . This information allows the RYA to record your qualification, to update any records they may hold for you, and to verify or replace your certificate if required. For further information on how the RYA will deal with your data, please see the RYAs privacy policy at

For other practical courses (Powerboat level 1, Powerboat Intermediate, Basic Helmsman) and theory courses The data recorded on these qualification will be retained at 1st Sea School office for a period of six years only this information allows us at 1st sea school to verify or replace your certificates.
After this period the documents will be destroyed.

SRC Exams:

This information will be held at the 1st Sea school office for a period of Five years for the purpose of verification then destroyed.

Fitness to take part and Health declaration (RGN 7)

1st Sea School run both Theory and Practical courses.
Theory courses are generally held in our classroom at the main office.
For off locations theory the hosting organization Club / Individuals are to ensure that the area is suitable and fit for purpose.
Practical courses are held on the school boats we use only Coded or local authority registered vessels, as follows:
For Powerboat Courses:
We normally use RIBs or small cruisers under 10m LOA.
For Cruising Qualifications:
We only use Cruiser type vessels over 10m LOA.

For full details of each course please select the type of course on this site.

Should you have any doubts as to your physical ability to attend one of our courses please seek medical advice prior to booking.

Emergency Contact Details:

1st Sea School has in place a system of recording your emergency contact details on a form held in the 1st sea school office
This information is only held for the duration of the course and destroyed there after.

Instructors Records: (RGN B3)

1st Sea School shall keep a record of all instructors qualifications, this is to ensure that all instructors hold the appropriate and in-date qualifications.

Feedback from Students Procedure (RGN B13) and
Complaints Procedure (RGN B13) are explained in this website.

How will we not use the information about you:

We will never use any personal data for any purposes than those listed in this Privacy Policy, unless we  have your written consent or inform you prior to fulfilling your request in our course of providing the service you have asked for or a purpose that is compatible with and in accordance UK laws and regulations.  We will not share your personal date unless we are ordered to do so by Law.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.


Do we use 'cookies'?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site's or service provider's systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to:

Understand and save user's preferences for future visits.

  • You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser's Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If users disable cookies in their browser:

  • If you turn cookies off, Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.

Third-party disclosure:

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.

Third-party websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Controlling your personal information:

If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee may be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.