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

Topics

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.

Duration

4 hours

Approximate Cost for Attendees

$50-$60

This Course is for…

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

Topics

Same as 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.

Duration

8 hours

Approximate Cost for Attendees

$125-$175

This Course is for…

Crew members participating in International races or where World Sailing (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 Course plus hands-on sessions on 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.

Duration

14 hours

Approximate Cost for Attendees

$300-$400

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
$50

Requirements for Coastal Certification:
Successfully completing this course with a final Post-Assessment score of 70 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

First Day International Offshore Safety at Sea Online Course

Who should take this Online Course
Sailors participating in international races or where World Sailing (ISAF) certification is required, long distance cruisers. This must be accompanied by participation in a one day Offshore Hands-on Seminar.
This course also meets the Coastal Safety at Sea requirements.

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

 Cost of Certification
1. Online Supplement – $75 per person.

2. One Day Offshore Hands-On Course fee (Set by and paid to Seminar provider)

Requirements for Hands-on Certification
Successfully completing this supplement with a final Post-Assessment score of 70 or above and participation in a one day Offshore Hands-on course.

The online course can be accessed at www.safetyatseacourse.com.

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

1. Download the 2017 Safety At Sea 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. Contact US Sailing at offshore@ussailing.org with your signed agreement to host a course.
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 Coursess 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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