Safety at Sea Courses

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Safety at Sea Courses are for everyone:
Cruisers; Power boaters & Sailboat Racers

Special Equipment Regulations (SERs) help determines what level of Safety at Sea training is required for different races. Here's a table that helps explain it: Once you know what kind of training you need, then find a course that works for you.

2020-2021 Offshore Special Regulations

SER Categories

Note – Look at the NOR of your event to see if your race changes this.

SER Coastal Races, 4.3.2

SER Ocean Races, 4.3.1

World Sailing OSR Categories

Note – Look at the NOR of your event to see if your race changes this.

World Sailing OSR Category 1, 2

World Sailing OSR Category 0

  • International Offshore Safety at Sea Course with Hands-on Training (this complies with World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course guidelines)
  • All Safety at Sea certificates are valid for five years from the date of the course.
  • Coastal and Offshore certificates may be earned through either In-Person or Online Courses.  Coastal Certificate can be earned through a 4-5 hour in-person course or by taking Coastal Online Units 1-5.  Offshore Certificate may be earned by taking a one day in-person (8 Hours) or by taking Offshore Online Safety at Sea Part One (Units 1-10) and Part Two (Units 11-15).
  • The International Offshore Certificate that meets World Sailing guidelines for personal safety and survival may be earned by taking the Offshore In-Person or Offshore Online course plus one day Hands-On SAS Course.
  • Those people who have received an International World Sailing certificate within the last 10-years, may attend a International World Sailing Refresher course.
  • If the two stages are taken at different times, they must be taken within 365 days of one another. Due to cancellations or postponements of Safety at Sea courses during the current COVID-19 health crisis, any sailor that took either an Offshore Online or Offshore In-Person course in 2019 and 2020 and will miss the 365-day window to take a Hands-On course for the International Offshore Certificate will have the 365-day window extended until the end of 2022.

US Sailing Safety at Sea Calendar