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Safety at Sea Courses

Education, both in-person and online, to prepare you for offshore sailing

Why take a US Sailing Safety at Sea Course

  1. Ever wonder what you would do if someone fell overboard from your boat?
  2. Do you have a plan to deal with heavy weather if you can’t reach a safe harbor?
  3. 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.
  • Online courses developed with the support of Cruising Club of America and Storm Trysail Foundation.
  • Appropriate for a wide range of boats — small, big, monohulls, multihulls (and powerboats, too) — that are sailed anywhere — near shore and offshore.
  • Sanctioned with approved curriculum by US Sailing, with special attention to conditions and challenges of the host organization’s sailing area.
  • More than 2,500 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.
  • Coastal and Offshore are offered in either in-person or online format.

Course Offerings

Four types of courses prepare you for all kinds of sea conditions

Coastal Safety at Sea

This Course is for

Inland and Coastal Racers and Cruisers

Topics

Giving Assistance, Personal Safety Gear, Crew Overboard Rescue, Emergency Communication, 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

Offshore Safety at Sea

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 Crew Health, Marine Weather, Cold Exposure, Care and Maintenance of Safety Gear, 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

International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training

This Course is for

Crew members of international offshore races or those requiring the International Offshore certificate that complies with World Sailing (ISAF) guidelines for Personal Safety, or long distance cruisers.

Topics

Those covered in Offshore Safety at Sea course plus hands-on training that includes topics such as boarding a life raft, in pool work with inflatable life jackets, pyrotechnics, firefighting, etc.  Some courses may include race-specific information.

This certificate may be earned in two possible ways:

1. Take part in an In-Person Offshore Safety at Sea Course (one full day) PLUS take a Hands-On Safety at Sea Training Course (an additional day) = Total of 2 days in person
NOTE: Offshore in-person course must be taken within 365 days prior to the Hands-On Training.

OR

2. Take the Online Offshore Safety at Sea course (approx 8-10 hours) PLUS take a Hands-On Safety at Sea Training Course (One day-in person) = Online course and 1 in person day.
NOTE: Online Offshore Safety at Sea course must be completed prior to Hands-On Training.

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

Safety at Sea Refresher Course

This course is for anyone who has received a US Sailing International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training certificate that is dated within the last 10-years.  

 

Online Offerings

Who should take this Course

Inland and Coastal Racers and Cruisers.

Length of Course

Five Topics– roughly one hour per unit.

Cost of the Course

US Sailing Members, $45
Non-members, $50

Current US Sailing members can access the discount code via My US Sailing, Member Coupons.  The online course is purchased through the US Sailing Store. Apply your code at checkout.

Requirements for Coastal Certification:

Successfully completing this course with a final Post-Assessment score of 80 or above.

Get Started Now. Online Coastal Safety at Sea

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

Who should take this Online Course

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

This course is equivalent to the in-person Offshore Safety at Sea course.

Length of Course

Ten Topics– roughly one hour per unit. The course also includes assessment questions to assure comprehension.

Cost of the Course

US Sailing Members, $75
Non-members, $85

Current US Sailing members can access the discount code via My US Sailing, Member Coupons.  The online course is purchased through the US Sailing Store. Apply your code at checkout.

The course can be accessed at  www.safetyatseacourse.com

Note:  To obtain an International Offshore Safety at Sea Certificate

After Successfully completing this course with a final Post-Assessment score of 80 or above, the user is eligible to participate a one-day International Offshore Hands-on training course.

 

Find a Course Near you

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.

Find a Course

Want to host a Course?

Here are a few tips on how to get started:

  1. Review the Safety at Sea 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 the Safety at Sea Course options listed in the Planning Guide and make a determination on what type of course(s) you wish to host.
  4. Set your date and secure a moderator.
  5. To get your course approved and on the calendar, please fill out our online Safety at Sea Host Agreement and you are on your way!
  6. Use our spreadsheet to submit your course roster for certificates.