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Safety at Sea Seminar
1 day
Sail Canada Approved
also known as Safety at Sea - Sea Survival


The Safety at Sea Seminar (1 day) is for sailors who are participating in coastal and offshore races and passages, typically Offshore Special Regulations categories 3-4.  The course includes classroom and practical sessions.  Topics covered include personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency communications & signals, search & rescue, weather, heavy weather & storm sails, hypothermia & cold water immersion.  The seminar is Sail Canada Approved.  Participants who successfully complete the seminar receive a Safety at Sea Seminar (1 day) certificate, valid for five years.  

This seminar is tailored for events such as the Southern Straits Race, Swiftsure International Yacht Race, and Patos Island Race.  

If you are looking for a 2 day, World Sailing Approved course, this is not the right page for you.  Please visit the Personal Survival Training page to choose the right course.   




Sailors around the world take offshore personal survival training 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 RaceSwiftsure International Yacht Race, and Patos Island Race require or recommend personal survival training (half day, one day, two days).  


Price and Terms

  • The Safety at Sea Seminar (1 day) is $120.00, plus taxes, in Canadian funds.  
  • Early bird ($80.00-$100.00) and renewal pricing (-25%) options are offered for most classes.  When available, these options are automatically presented by the online registration system.  
  • Price includes advance material, course participation, refreshments and lunches, and upon successful completion a course certificate valid for five years.  
  • Registrations are non-cancellable and non-refundable.  
  • Transfers from one person to another may be permitted under circumstances acceptable to the organizers; transfer requests should be made in writing not less than 7 days prior to the class start date.  A transfer fee may be applicable.  


Student Requirements and Advance Information


Personal information consent forms:

For the benefit of participants and event organizing authorities, BC Sailing and Sail Canada may maintain a publicly-searchable database listing participant names, certificate numbers and certificate expiry dates. Participants will be requested to sign a personal information consent form. 

Clothing and personal safety equipment:  

  • casual clothing is suitable
  • some practical sessions are conducted outdoors;  dress for the prevailing weather conditions
  • participants are required to bring a functional lifejacket or PFD, ideally meeting the requirements of the intended race or passage

Refreshments and meals:

Light refreshments (water, coffee, tea) and lunches will be provided.


Schedule and Registration

Last updated January 24, 2020.  Please check back here occasionally for updates.  

  • The classes are popular and tend to fill up quickly. 
  • Classes are usually scheduled in the October-to-April time-frame in order to minimize schedule conflicts with sailing events.  
  • We announce in advance – below - the dates and times when registration will open.  
  • We use an online registration system with credit card payment processing.  
  • Space is available when general registration opens.  
  • Links to the online registration system are provided below by the time that general registration opens.  


First Half 2020 Seminars

  • We expect to post updated information here by January 31, 2020

  • Saturday March 21, 2020   (date confirmed)
    Nanaimo Yacht Club
    Nanaimo BC
    Additional information and registration links will be posted here when it is available

  • Sunday March 22, 2020   (date confirmed)
    West Vancouver Yacht Club
    West Vancouver BC
    Additional information and registration links will be posted here when it is available


Recent Seminars

Saturday, April 13, 2019, West Vancouver Yacht Club

Saturday, March 16, 2019, Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club


Location Information and Map Links


West Vancouver Yacht Club

5854 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC V7W 2S2
WVYC Location Map - click here
Free Parking


Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club

1949 Marina Way
North Saanich, BC
V8L 6B3
SNSYC Location Map - click here
Free Parking


Royal Vancouver Yacht Club – Jericho Clubhouse

3811 Point Grey Road
Vancouver, BC V6R 1B3
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club – Jericho Clubhouse Location Map - click here
Free Parking – park, then request guest parking at reception desk


Royal Victoria Yacht Club - Cadboro Bay

3475 Ripon Road
Victoria, BC V8R 6H1
Royal Victoria Yacht Club - Cadboro Bay Location Map - click here
Free parking


Organization and Instructors

The Safety at Sea Seminar (1 day) is offered by BC Sailing in conjunction with local yacht clubs. The course was developed by the Safety at Sea Working Group, comprised of representatives of four distance races and their organizing authorities:

Southern Straits Yacht Race • West Vancouver Yacht Club

Vic-Maui International Yacht Race • Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Swiftsure International Yacht Race • Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race • Blast Performance Sailing

Offshore Personal Survival instructors are accredited by BC Sailing and Sail Canada.



For Personal Survival Training information that is not covered on this website, please send an email to sas@bcsailing.bc.ca



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