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Safety & Sea Survival Certificate (SSSC)
Full Course - E-Learning & Exam, Practical & Wet Drill $650 + booking fee
   Refresher Course - 
1 Day course Theory, Practical & Exam $550 + booking fee


The Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival course was developed following the fatalities of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race.  This course is an essential learning forum for anyone who takes to sea, whether by sail or motor vessel, or for professional or recreational reasons.  The intensive two day course aims to deliver up-to-date information and current techniques in an interactive environment.  Included in the course are practical exercises where candidates will become familiar with the deployment and use of liferafts, and the use of inflatable lifejackets in the water; plus a flare deployment practice.

The certificate awarded meets the eligibility requirements of section 6.01 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations for Category 0, 1 and some Category 2 offshore races.

Course Overview

The Safety & Sea Survival (SSS) course involves an extensive E-Learning, 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 of 10:1 for pool sessions.  Practical exercises are usually conducted in marinas providing the water is clean, the temperature is at least 15°C, 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.


Course Outcome

You will gain a Safety and Sea Survival Qualification Certificate as required for Category 0, Category 1 and Category 2 races. Covering such skills as:

  • Surviving in the Water

  • Meteorology for Sailors

  • Damage Control

  • Heavy Weather Seamanship

  • Use of a Life Raft

  • Practical drill using Flares

What will you need to bring

  • Pen and note pad

  • Refillable water bottle

  • 150N or above Offshore Inflatable lifejacket with crotch strap and tether

  • Offshore sailing gear (sea boots, jacket, pants)

  • Long sleeve shirt and trousers, sunscreen and a hat for practical demonstrations

  • Closed in shoes to be worn on site at all times

This certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of the course. For sailors whose certificates have expired, a refresher course of 8 hours tuition time may be attended.  The refresher course is designed for active offshore racing sailors and anyone who does not sail regularly should seriously consider attending a full 2 day Safety & Sea Survival course.  An update course also provides a valuable refresher to cruising sailors.

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