RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course

Formally known as the RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course the RYA/World Offshore Personal Survival Course satisfies the training required by RYA/World Sailing Offshore Special Regulation 6.01 for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races. We run our courses in London and Southampton.

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We offer the RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course on Zoom or in the classroom in London and Southampton.

For Zoom You can see the instructor, ask him questions, see your fellow students, see the whiteboard and any slides the instructor shows. It's just like being in the classroom apart from you are sat in the comfort of your own home. Click the dates and availability button for more details.

The aim of the 1 day RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course is to provide skippers and crews of yachts taking part in offshore races with the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with an emergency. The course will give you a good knowledge of the safety equipment carried on small boats and the seamanship techniques needed to survive at sea in heavy weather.

To get the RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course qualification you must do this Personal Survival course and the RYA Sea Survival Course. The two courses may be taken in any order. If you have attended the RYA Sea Survival Course within the last five years then you need only attend this RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course.

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

Looking for the Sea Survival course? RYA Sea Survival Course

The course is all classroom or Zoom based. Classroom courses take place either in London or Southampton.

This course is a prerequisite for a percentage of the crew competing in events such as the Rolex Fastnet Race that takes place every 2 years and the Rolex Sydney Hobart race.

Certification: To receive the certificate we must either know that First Class Sailing have trained you in Sea Survival in the last 5 years or you must provide us with a copy of your Sea Survival Certificate from elsewhere.

Start/Finish Times

The course starts at 10am and ends at 5pm.

The RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival:

  • Care and maintenance of safety equipment
  • Storm sails
  • Damage control
  • Crew routines
  • Man overboard
  • Prevention and recovery
  • Giving assistance to other craft
  • Search and Rescue organisation and methods
  • Practical fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Distress alerting

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