Safety at Sea Seminars

Why take a US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar?

  • Ever wonder what you would do if someone fell overboard from your boat?
  • Do you have a plan to deal with heavy weather if you can’t reach a safe harbor?
  • Interested in selecting the right emergency communications equipment or storm sails, but you’re not sure what to buy?

If so, a US Sailing Certified Safety at Sea (SAS) Seminar is for you.

Safety at Sea Seminar facts:

  • Moderated and taught by experienced, lifelong sailors who include some of the top names in sailing and safety.
  • Designed for sailors of all types and levels — cruisers and racers, novices and experts.
  • Appropriate for a wide range of boats — small, big, monohulls, multihulls (and powerboats, too) — that are sailed anywhere — near shore and offshore.
  • Curriculum is certified by US Sailing, with special attention to conditions and challenges of the host organization’s sailing area.
  • More than 1,000 sailors attend safety seminars around North America every year and many bring their families and crews.
  • The certifications are good for five years.

US Sailing offers three types of seminars:

Coastal

This Seminar is for…

Inland and Coastal Racers and Cruisers

Topics

Personal Safety Gear, Man Overboard, Emergency Communications, Search and Rescue

Seminar Hosts

Yacht clubs, sailing clubs, boat shows, community sailing centers, OAs of coastal races.

Why you should Attend or Host

Essential safety information for coastal sailors presented by experts that you can use immediately.

Duration

4 hours

Approximate Cost for Attendees

$50-$60

Offshore

This Seminar is for…

Crew members of offshore races, long distance cruisers, any sailor wanting to improve his/her sailing skills.

Topics

Same as the Coastal Seminar plus Heavy Weather, Storm Sails, Crew Health, Hypothermia, Jury Rigging and Repair, Fire Precautions, Lending Assistance, Life Rafts, Signals.

Seminar Hosts

YRAs, OAs of offshore races, maritime academies, large yacht clubs.

Why you should Attend or Host

Give us a day, and we can give you detailed safety skills and information that will improve your confidence and your enjoyment on the water.

Duration

8 hours

Approximate Cost for Attendees

$125-$175

Offshore Seminar with Hands-on Training

This Seminar is for…

Crew members participating in International races or where ISAF certification is required, long distance cruisers, any sailor wanting to find out how life jackets and life rafts work in a safe environment.

Topics

Same as the Offshore Seminar plus hands-on sessions on life jackets and life rafts in the water; group activities to test problem solving abilities.

Seminar Hosts

YRAs, OAs of International races, maritime academies, large yacht clubs.

Why you should Attend or Host

Use the gear, practice the skills, and hear from the experts about safe and successful racing and voyaging. Two days of intensive training for sailors who want to be self-sufficient.

Duration

14 hours

Approximate Cost for Attendees

$300-$400

Want to host a seminar? Here are a few tips on how to get started:

1. Download the SaS Seminar Planning Guide and review.
2. Form a small committee and consider what dates would work for your area and your facility. Note: It is recommended that you dedicate three to six months of preparation to organize a seminar.
3. Review your SaS Seminar options and make a determination on what type of seminar you wish to host. Contact US Sailing at offshore@ussailing.org with your request to host the seminar of your choice.
4. Agree on a date and moderator for the seminar, sign the sanctioning agreement, and you’re on your way!

Are you looking for a US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar in your area?

• US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminars provide sailors who compete in offshore races in your area with the required level of safety training.
• These seminars will improve the safety culture and best practices through proven curriculum and instructed by experienced, life-long sailors.
• Most offshore race organizing authorities require completion of one of these courses for 30% of the crew taking part in the race.
• US Sailing archives all participation records for attendees so sailors have an easily accessible means of documenting their course completion.

Seminar hosts accept the responsibility of organizing and running these seminars. A US Sailing Safety at Sea Moderator is present at all seminars to ensure the consistency and quality of the information. The moderator recruits will work with other safety experts to present the topics.