Safety and Sea Survival Course

If you are sailing offshore, the Safety and Sea Survival course will give you essential, life-saving skills in the event of an emergency.

50% of crew competing in offshore racing in Australia are required to hold the Safety and Sea Survival course certificate (SSSC) as well as anyone wishing to convert their RYA Yachtmaster certificate to an MCA endorsed Commercial qualification. The Sea Safety Survival course comprises 16 hours including theory components, a practical life raft session and a flare demonstration. You will learn skills that are essential should an emergency situation arise. The Sea Safety Survival Course certificate is valid for 5 years. A one day revalidation course can be undertaken to re validate your certificate.
Sea Survival training includes advice on what personal equipment to buy. The Offshore Marine Training Australia instructors who teach the course are highly experienced yachtsmen who have encountered severe weather in the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn.

Safety and Sea Survival Course Details

The Safety and Sea Survival course has no prerequisites, but is strongly recommended for sailors travelling offshore, where chances of survival in an emergency are significantly improved for undertaking survival training.
The course runs over 2 days with instructors from OMTC near the ferry jetty in Mosman, from 7:45am-5:30pm each day and the certificate is valid for 5 years. If you have previously held a Safety and Sea Survival certificate then you may be eligible to do the one day revalidation course. You will need to wear covered shoes for the flare and fire fighting sessions. It is recommended that you wear your wet weather gear in the life raft session in the heated pool.

Safety and Sea Survival Course Syllabus

  • Causes of marine emergencies
  • Principles of survival
  • Areas of risk
  • Personal lifesaving appliances
  • Rough and severe weather strategies
  • Use of life rafts and abandoning ship
  • Search and rescue
  • Preparation for sea survival
  • Use of pyrotechnics
  • Survival craft ailments
  • Weather forecasts and meteorology
  • Fire prevention and fire fighting
  • Practical wet drills
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