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.

For more information about hosting a Safety at Sea Seminar, please contact US Sailing at

US Sailing offers three distinct courses aimed at preparing sailors for offshore sailing conditions:


This Seminar is for…

Inland and Coastal Racers and Cruisers


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.


4 hours

Approximate Cost for Attendees



This Seminar is for…

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


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.


8 hours

Approximate Cost for Attendees


ISAF Compliant environment

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.


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.


14 hours

Approximate Cost for Attendees


These seminars are conducted by US Sailing Certified Instructors following a US-modified ISAF curriculum. Learn more about this seminar, including the training syllabus.

ISAF Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course Certificate

These certificates are issued to all who attend both Safety at Sea Theoretical and Hands-On Training seminar sessions in the same calendar year. Attendees are also required to pass the written exam on all topics.

• Valid for five years

• Required by some U.S. races and all Category 1 and 2 races held outside the U.S. for a portion of the crew

• Issued by US Sailing and recognized by all ISAF Member National Authorities (NMA)

 Organize a Seminar in your area

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 ensures 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.