Our Safety at Sea and Survival Course is our iconic training initiative. Although it had its beginnings catering to yacht racing, in more recent times we’ve seen a considerable shift to cruising sailors. The course teaches pre voyage planning, heavy weather sailing techniques and what to do when things go wrong. It gives you experience in life rafts and abandonment should the situation become even more serious. It is taught by Jeff Cordell who is one of Australia’s most experienced tutors, backed up by industry professionals who have been developing the course materials since this course began in 1999.
The Safety & Sea Survival (SSS) course involves classroom presentations & learning activities, and practical exercises in the use of liferafts, inflatable lifejackets & distress flares. Of 16 hrs duration the course is usually delivered over 2 full-days and is facilitated by Safety & Sea Survival Instructors at approved Training Centres. The maximum teaching ratio for this course is 20 students to 1 SSS Instructor (in the classroom) with a reduced ratio of 10:1 for pool sessions. Practical exercises are usually conducted in heated public swimming pools, but may be conducted in clean and enclosed salt-water pools and Marinas providing the water is clean, the temperature is at least 15oC, and all associated risks have been managed.
Who should do this course?
This Course assists offshore skippers and crews in developing awareness of respective responsibilities. To offer and discuss practical strategies for coping with emergencies at sea. To familiarise skippers and crews with safety and emergency equipment, its purpose, deployment, and use. This course is also suitable for cruisers or those wanting to learn more about safety on the water.
You will gain a Safety and Sea Survival Qualification Certificate as required for Category 1 and Category 2 races. This certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of the course.