Safety and Sea-survival Course

Safety and sea-survival

  • Practical wet drills
  • Fire prevention and fire fighting
  • Weather forecasts and meteorology
  • Survival Craft Ailments
  • Use of pyrotechnics
  • Yacht safety and survival equipment
  • Preparation for sea survival
  • Search and Rescue
  • Global search and rescue structures
  • Helicopter rescue drills
  • Use of life rafts / abandoning ship
  • Meteorology
  • Rough and severe weather strategies, use of storm equipment (eg drogues)
  • Heavy weather seamanship, boat handling
  • Personal lifesaving appliances
  • Areas of risk
  • Principles of survival
  • Causes of and dealing with Marine emergencies
  • Multihull survival strategies
  • Crew overboard prevention and recovery drills
  • How to survive in the water when overboard
  • Damage control
  • How to use emergency communication equipment


This course is essential for anyone going to the sea, whether on a motor or sailing vessel. You will receive an RYA /ISAF certificate on course completion.

The SSSC is required by 50% of yacht crew for offshore racing. As stated in the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2001-2004: “50% of the crew, including the skipper, shall have undertaken training and received a Certificate of Competence…”

The Sea Safety Survival course comprises 16 hours, including theory components, a practical life-raft session and a flare demonstration. It will teach you how to prepare to go to sea, emergency procedures, safety equipment, handling heavy weather and choosing the most suitable life jacket or buoyancy aid.

You will be provided with a comprehensive set of course notes on arrival.

The Sea Safety Survival Course certificate is valid for 5 years.

Your instructor/s are Cape Horn veterans with extensive Southern Ocean/severe weather sailing experience.

Theory on the first morning is followed by an afternoon session of wet drills. The second day is in the classroom.


What do I bring?

Racing Rules of Sailing (Blue Book),
change of clothes,
PFD – 1 life jacket with crutch strap,
safety harness with crutch strap and tether,
note pad and pen,
offshore wet weather gear including sea boots (what you wear while sailing offshore).