Safety and Sea
The popular, biennial Fastnet race, was first held in 1925 in the Irish Sea and is run by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. A severe storm during the 1979 race resulted in the deaths of 17 competitors and the loss or abandonment of 23 yachts. This led to a major overhaul of the rules and the equipment required for the competition.
In the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race of 1998, fierce storms and violent winds battered the fleet with the loss of six sailors and five yachts. A total of 55 sailors were rescued and a subsequent coroner’s inquest made recommendations which have been adopted into the Yachting Australia Special Regulations.
At least 50% of the crew, including the skipper when racing in a Category 1 and at least 30% for Category 2 shall hold a Safety and Sea Survival Course certificate of competence. The ORCV requires 50% for Category 2 events, though it is strongly recommended that for both categories of races all crew members undertake the course. This course is a pre-requisite for ocean racing, not only to meet the safety requirements but to demonstrate an acceptance of your personal and team responsibilities for safety on board an ocean going boat.
All who are planning to spend time on a boat in open water will find this course stimulating and enlightening. It is not only of interest to sailors but also helps shore crew to understand the safety requirements of offshore sailing and the search and rescue process in the event of an emergency.
• To assist offshore skippers and crews in developing awareness of respective responsibilities.
• To offer and discuss practical strategies for coping with emergencies at sea.
• To familiarise skippers and crews with safety and emergency equipment, its purpose, deployment, and use.
An SSSC certificate will be issued by Yachting Australia to successful candidates and will be valid for a period of 5 years.
The Theory component of the syllabus comprises four sections.
1. Yacht preparation
• Man overboard drill
• Inflating personal flotation device (pfd)
• Testing pfd
• Swimming techniques
• Conserving heat
• Retrieving and donning life jacket while in the water
• Righting an upturned liferaft
• Entering a liferaft unassisted
• Contents of survival kit
• Retrieving crew with throwing line
The practical flare shoot will include igniting several different types of flares.
- Theory Exam 80% pass mark; and
- Practical competency (wet and flare drills)
What to Bring
• Notebook and pens.
• 2013-17 YA Special Regulations. Not mandatory but useful to have with you (included in 2013-16 YA Racing Rules of Sailing, the “Blue Book”).
• Bring your iPad along: You can view an electronic version of these regulations at:
• Examples of current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) used on vessels you have set to sea on, as well as experiences to share with other attendees.
Wet Drill for all groups will be held on Sunday, so you must bring the following gear:
• Full 3 layer ocean clothing (inner thermal layer, mid layer and outer ocean wet weather gear layer) & sea boots.
• Wash all clothing including wet weather gear before hand and empty all pockets.
• PFD1 YA approved per Blue Book, check for currency and compliance with Standards.
• Remove gas bottle from inflatable PFD1 if inflating manually.
• Crotch strap.
• Do NOT bring Dye Marker.
• From a safety aspect, it is highly recommended that you wear closed toed shoes for the flare shoot.
We recommend that you prepare for this course as you would for an ocean voyage and suggest you have an early night the day before and avoid alcohol.
Additionally, the Instructors require you to wear closed shoes for the entire course, please.
The SSSC Full course is conducted over a period of at least 16 hours (2 full days). If you have done this course before, see the SSS Revalidation Course page: http://orcv.org.au/index.php/training/sss-revalidation-course
Dates, Locations, Times
Day 1: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:15 am to 5:00 pm
Day 2: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 8:15 am to 5:00 pm
Wesley College, St Kilda Road Campus, 577 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, VIC 3004. Melways 58 B6
We ask that you adhere to the guidelines requested of us by the Weslety College.
- Wesley College St. Kilda Road Campus map
- Senior School First Floor Plan
- No food or drink is allowed in the classrooms
- No alcohol is allowed on the premises
- Smoking is not permitted on the premises either within the buildings or on the grounds
- Parking on the grass is strictly prohibited.
$340.00 for financial ORCV members.
$395.00 for non-members and non-financial members.
We are providing subsidized rates to encourage youth participation in keelboat racing.
$155.00 for youths (16 to 21 years old)
This includes the registration of the qualification with Yachting Australia.
We can also supply the Yachting Australia Blue Book for an additional $43.00.
A Student Resource Pack will be provided.
Gloves and Protective Eyewear for the Flare Drill will be provided.
A Light lunch (salad rolls) will be provided.
- Robin Hewitt, Yachting Australia Yachtmaster Offshore and SSSC Instructor
- Simon Dryden, Yachting Australia Yachtmaster Offshore and SSSC Instructor
- Noel May, Yachting Australia Yachtmaster Offshore and SSSC Instructor
- Neville Rose, Yachting Australia Yachtmaster Offshore and SSSC Instructor
- Donald Fraser, Yachting Australia Yachtmaster Offshore and SSSC Instructor
- Martin Vaughan, Yachting Australia Yachtmaster Offshore and SSSC Instructor
Places in these course are limited and cannot be reserved. The only way to ensure your place is to enrol and pay the correct fee at the time of registration.