Safety at Sea Courses

Why take a US Sailing Safety at Sea Course

  • 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 Course is for you.

Safety at Sea Course 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 courses around North America every year and many bring their families and crews.
  • The certifications are good for five years from the date of issue.

US Sailing offers four types of courses:

This Course is for…

Inland and Coastal Racers and Cruisers


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

Course 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 Course is for…

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


Same five topics included in the Coastal Course plus Heavy Weather, Storm Sails, Crew Health, Hypothermia, Jury Rigging and Repair, Fire Precautions, Lending Assistance, Life Rafts, Signals.

Course 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


This Course is for…

Crew members participating in International Offshore races or where World Sailing (formerly 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 topic offered as in the Offshore Course plus hands-on sessions on deploying life jackets and life rafts in the water; group activities to test problem solving abilities.

Course 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


Coastal Safety at Sea Course

Who should take this Course
Inland and Coastal Racers and Cruisers.

Length of Course
Five Units – roughly one hour per unit.

 Cost of the Course

Requirements for Coastal Safety at Sea Certificate:
Successfully completing this course with a final Post-Assessment score of 80 or above.

Get Started Now.  Coastal Safety at Sea Online

This online course is designed to provide you with essential safety information that you can use immediately on the water.  It is for anyone who sails, boats, cruises or races on both inland and coastal waters. This course satisfies the requirements for Coastal Races being sailed under United States Special Equipment Regulations 4.3.2

Offshore Safety at Sea Online Supplement Course

Who should take this Online Course
Sailors participating in International Offshore races or where a certificate that complies with  World Sailing (ISAF) Offshore Personal Survival Guidelines is required, and long distance cruisers. This online course must be accompanied by participation in a one day Offshore Hands-on Course. See Course Listings here
This course also meets the Coastal Safety at Sea requirements.

Length of Course
Ten Units – roughly one hour per unit. The course also includes assessment questions to assure comprehension.

 Process to Follow to Receive the International Offshore Certificate that complies with World Sailing Personal Survival Guidelines
1. Take SAS Offshore Online Supplement Course – $75 per person.

2. Take One Day International Offshore Hands-On Course fee (Set by and paid to Course Host)

Requirements for International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Certificate
Successfully completing this online course with a final post-assessment score of 80 or above AND participation in a one day Offshore Hands-on course.

The online course can be accessed at

Safety at Sea Book

This 220-page book was written to accompany US Sailing’s Safety at Sea course, which shares best practices with both aspiring and experienced offshore sailors.  The book is 25.95 and can be ordered through our online store.

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

1. Download the 2018 Organizer Agreement and planning guide.
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 course.
3. Review your SAS Course options and make a determination on what type of course you wish to host. Send your signed agreement to US Sailing at .
4. Agree on a date and moderator for the course, sign the sanctioning agreement, and you’re on your way!

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

• US Sailing Safety at Sea Courses provide sailors who compete in offshore races in your area with the required level of safety training.
• These courses 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.

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

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