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Safety at Sea Seminar
(1 day)
Sail Canada Approved

 

Description

The BC Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar (1 day) is intended for sailors who are participating in World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) Category 3-4 or US SER Coastal Category passages or events such as the Southern Straits Race, Patos Island Race, and Swiftsure Race.  The seminar includes classroom and practical sessions and is Sail Canada approved. 

Safety at Sea Seminar (1 day) topics include a review of required safety equipment, preparing heavy weather sails, obtaining and interpreting local weather forecasts, hypothermia and cold water immersion, man overboard, emergency signals and communications.  

Participants are required to bring to the seminar the personal safety gear that they intend to use in the Southern Straits Race, Patos Island Race, Swiftsure Race, or a similar overnight, near-coastal race or passage, including PFD, harness, safety tether, and personal MOB light.  Wet weather gear and warm clothing is strongly recommended for the outdoor practicals.  

Participants who complete the seminar will receive a Safety at Sea Seminar (1 day) certificate, valid for five years.  

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The Safety at Sea Seminar (1 day) does not include pool sessions or life raft training, and does not meet the requirements for OSR Category 0-1-2 offshore and oceanic races such as the Van Isle 360, Vic-Maui, Pacific Cup, Transpac, etc.  To choose the right training, please visit this Personal Survival Training Introduction.  

 

Background

Sailors around the world take personal survival training to prepare themselves and their boats.  Personal survival training seminars and 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 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 either require or recommend personal survival training (half day, one day, two days).  

 

Price and Terms

  • The Safety at Sea Seminar (1 day) is $150.00, plus applicable taxes, in Canadian funds.  
  • Early bird registration and training renewal/upgrade pricing discounts are offered for most classes.  When available, these options are automatically presented by the online registration system.  
  • Price includes course participation, refreshments and lunches, and upon successful completion a course certificate valid for five years.  
  • Registrations are cancellable and refundable, less a 25% administration fee, until 7 calendar days prior to the training start date. 
  • To be valid, cancellation and refund requests must be delivered by email to sas@bcsailing.bc.ca and receipt confirmed within the above time frame.  
  • 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. 

 

Student Requirements and Advance Information

 

Clothing and personal safety equipment:  

  • casual clothing is suitable for the indoor sessions
  • participants are required to bring to the seminar the personal safety gear that you intend to use in the Southern Straits Race, Patos Island Race, Swiftsure Race, or a similar overnight, near-coastal passage or event, including a fully functional PFD, harness, safety tether, and personal MOB light. 
  • some practical sessions are conducted outdoors; wet weather gear and warm clothing is strongly recommended for the outdoor practicals.  

Refreshments and meals:

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

 

Schedule and Registration

Last updated August 24, 2020.  We went into a COVID-19 training hold in March 2020, and are preparing to re-open training for the late 2020 - early 2021 timeframe.  More information should be available by September 30, 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

  • Saturday March 21, 2020   (date confirmed)
    Nanaimo Yacht Club
    Nanaimo BC
    Click here for general registration   EVENT CANCELLED ON MARCH 13 DUE TO COVID-19
              (opens at 7:00 am PT on Saturday, February 1, 2020)
              When the linked registration page says that the class is full, it is.

  • Sunday March 22, 2020   (date confirmed)
    West Vancouver Yacht Club
    West Vancouver BC
    Click here for general registration   EVENT CANCELLED ON MARCH 14 DUE TO COVID-19
              (opens at 7:00 am PT on Saturday, February 1, 2020)
              When the linked registration page says that the class is full, it is.

 

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

 

Nanaimo Yacht Club

400 Newcastle Avenue
Nanaimo, BC V9S 4J1
NYC Location Map - click here
Free Parking; access gate will be open during the seminar

 

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 Sail Canada.  

 

Contacts

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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