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Safety

US Sailing takes the lead in researching best practices in safety procedures, protocol and equipment. Our Safety at Sea experts set high standards for the most authoritative and proven methods for keeping sailors safer, than the absence of this fine work, while they enjoy the sport. Countless hours of research conducted by our dedicated volunteers has allowed US Sailing to provide instructional materials, publications, courses and seminars that are made available for all interested sailors. These educational opportunities include our widely popular Safety at Sea Seminars.

US SER and ISAF Offshore Special Regulations

Offshore racing has two choices today for mandatory safety equipment carriage, usage knowledge and possibly seminar certificate.  US SER (Safety Equipment Requirements) which is easy to read,  removes references to difficult to attain books, and eliminates the word “recommended” which was never a required piece of equipment which commonly confused racers.  The other choice is the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations, including US Sailing Prescriptions which is a much more technical document.

Safety at Sea Seminars

US Sailing offers various Safety at Sea Seminars aimed at preparing sailors for offshore sailing conditions:

  • NEW Half-Day Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar in support of coastal races and cruising.
  • One-Day Offshore Safety at Sea Seminars for participants in ocean races and long coastal races.
  • One-Day Offshore Safety at Sea Seminar with hands-on training, plus an online training component.
  • Two-Day Offshore Safety at Sea Seminars feature hands-on training with safety gear.

Hanson Rescue Awards

Recognizing heroes who make rescue at sea is accomplished with the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal program.  The program also provides valuable insight into what works, and what doesn’t work, in real life experiences.  This information is fed back into all aspects of what we learn and how we incorporate this into the safety improvements for sailors.

Safety at Sea Announcements

As information comes forth on anything safety, those newsworthy items are displayed here.

Safety Reports

US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee has conducted several independent reviews of sailing accidents and keeps an archive of safety equipment tests. These safety reports have been used to provide the latest updates and recommendations for best practices in safety equipment, rescue procedures and emergency planning.

Seamanship – Best Practice

The practice of safety at sea has focused on prevention, practices and equipment to keep sailors safe.  Seamanship which is a broader base of knowledge that includes skills of operation, navigation, management and maintenance of a vessel is equally important to safety.

SafeSport

The United States Olympic Committee developed this program to address physical and sexual harassment of athletes.

Withdrawal Form

Your event can help build the knowledge base of real life data to help improve safety in the future.  If you would add a requirement that any boat that withdraws from your race on the water must complete this online form within two weeks of their withdrawal, your event can contribute to a safer future.

Traveling with Your Inflatable PFD

September 11, 2001 changed the way that you can travel with an inflatable PFD.  This explains how to travel safely and how to comply with our countries laws.

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