Offshore Personal Survival Course (Vancouver BC, Friday-Saturday, February 28-29, 2020)

The Offshore Personal Survival Course (2 days) is for experienced sailors who are participating in offshore and oceanic races and passages, typically Offshore Special Regulations categories 0-1-2.  The course includes classroom and practical sessions.  Topics covered include personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency communications & signals, search & rescue, weather forecasts, heavy weather & storm sails, damage control & fire, hypothermia & cold water immersion.  Practical, hands-on sessions include using lifejackets and life rafts in a pool environment; damage control; emergency signals.  This 2 day course is Sail Canada - World Sailing Approved.  Participants who successfully complete the course receive an Offshore Personal Survival Course certificate, valid for five years.  


Sailors around the world take offshore personal survival training (a.k.a. Sea Survival, Safety at Sea) to prepare themselves and their boats.  Offshore personal survival training courses are offered for sailors in many countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States.  Some sailing event organizers recommend or require offshore personal survival training for participating crews.  World Sailing specifies offshore personal survival training requirements in section 6 of the Offshore Special Regulations, and outlines a model course in Appendix G of those regulations.  

In British Columbia, the  Vic-Maui International Yacht Race  and the Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race require some crew members to hold current Offshore Personal Survival Course (2 day) certificates, and the  Southern Straits Yacht Race Swiftsure International Yacht Race , and  Patos Island Race  require or recommend personal survival training (half day, one day, two days).  

Course Information

Comprehensive information about this course, including Student Requirements and Advance Information, is available at https://www.vicmaui.org/sas-2day  

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at  sas@bcsailing.bc.ca

Date & Time: Feb 28, 2020 08:15 AM to
Feb 29, 2020 05:30 PM
[America/Vancouver UTC -8]


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Location: Royal Vancouver YC (& UBC Aquatic Centre)
Boardroom (Lower Floor)
RVYC Jericho Clubhouse
3811 Point Grey Road
Vancouver BC

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Registration Closes: Feb 11, 2020 11:59 PM

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