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US Sailing 'Safety at Sea' Course

Saturday March 2, 2024

The Club, in conjunction with US Sailing, will be offering the 'One Day Hands On' Training course required for the 'International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-On Training Certification'. This is suitable for people new to the certification or needing to renew certification.

Who Should Do the Course?

  • Sailors planning on doing the Newport Bermuda Race. There is a requirement that 30% of a yacht's crew that is competing in the Newport Bermuda Race hold this designation.
  • Anyone planning on doing any offshore or ocean sailing.
  • Anyone interested in knowing more about handling emergency situations that can occur on a boat.

What does the Course entail?

This is a One-Day Hands-On training course that covers the practical aspect of the International Safety At Sea certification. It is expected that units 1 - 15 are completed online prior to attending the course, for those seeking new qualification. For those renewing their certificate it is expected that you have held the qualification in the last 10 years, have completed units 11-15 prior to attending this course. The various pathways can be found here.

What does the course cover?

All practical aspects of the US Sailing 'International Offshore Safety at Sea' course including:
  • Firefighting
  • Mid-line Lift
  • Man Over Board
  • Flares
  • Life raft inflation and safety gear
  • Rigging & Damage Control
  • Training Your Crew - Having a Plan!
  • US Sailing Certification Fee of $35
  • Morning and Afternoon Coffee/Tea
  • Light Working Lunch
This is a full day event starting at 0830 hours and finishing around 1700 hours. An outline of the day can be found here. Plan on getting WET!  This course does NOT cover the pre-requisite modules.

What to Bring?

  • Notepad/Pen/Tablet
  • Foul Weather Gear (if you have it)
  • Lifejacket (if you have one)
  • Towel & Change of Clothes
  • Water Bottle

Who will be leading this course?

US Sailing Safety at Sea Moderator Jonathan Kabak, along with Ralf Steitz. More information about the Moderators can be found at the Safety at Sea website.

Cost is $395 per person.