Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Course


Australian Sailing has provided a variation to the Special Regulations which allows for expired Safety and Sea Survival Certificates to be extended by 18 months of the end of the validity period.  This variation is valid until June 30 2021 unless repealed earllier as outlined here in full.

The Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Course is conducted over the period of one day, from 8.15am to 5pm Sunday at Wesley College, St Kilda Road Campus, 577 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

For sailors whose certificates have expired*, regardless of when, a refresher course of eight hours tuition time should be attended. The refresher course is designed for active offshore racing sailors. Anyone who does not sail regularly should seriously consider attending a full two day Safety & Sea Survival course.  A refresher course can also provide a valuable refresher for cruising sailors.

Please note, it is no longer a requirement to complete a self-declaration of at least 2500 offshore nautical miles achieved in the previous five years.

Check Certificate Validity

*Safety & Sea Survival Certificates have a validity of 5 years.

To check if you have an old certificate please click here.  Please note the special regulation as noted above.

Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Content

This course focuses on lessons learned from recent incidents, updates on equipment & regulations, safety information, and practical skills in the use of life rafts and life jackets.  The course requires a minimum of eight hours tuition time, excluding breaks and travel, and meets the requirements of the World Sailing (ISAF) Special Regulations, Appendix G, Part D - Guidelines for an Offshore Personal Survival Refresher Course. The following content is to be included in the course:

  • Recent changes to the Offshore Special Regulations including Amendments.
  • New technology and safety equipment, including equipment requirements of the Special Regulations, and operational aspects of the equipment. 
  • Safety Information Notices.
  • Lessons learned from accidents and incidents in Offshore & Ocean racing during the past five years.
  • Changes to Maritime Search and Rescue and Meteorological services.
  • Any updates on Medical services and/or Fire Fighting equipment and techniques.
  • Three hour practical session on the use of life rafts and life jackets, activation of PLBs and EPIRBs, rescue, and in-water survival techniques (as per the Full Course).
  • 2017-2020 AS Special Regulations Blue e-Book.
  • Course attendees will receive a 'participant pack' that includes the latest RYA Sea Survival Handbook.

At the end of the course, participants will complete an assessment paper.


Book Now Buttons 1 for the 1 day refresher course on Sunday 21st November 2021


  • ORCV Members $320
  • Non-Members $420
  • Youth (16-25 years old) $150

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What to Bring


  • Notepad and pens.
  • 2017-2020 AS Special Regulations Blue e-Book.
  • Bring your electronic devices and adequate charging devices: You can view an electronic version of these regulations at: 2017-2020 AS Special Regulations Blue e-Book.
  • 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.

For the Wet Drill you must bring the following gear:

  • Full three layer ocean clothing (inner thermal layer, mid layer and outer ocean wet weather gear layer) & sea boots.
  • Wash all clothing including wet weather gear beforehand and empty all pockets.
  • PFD1 YA approved per Blue Book, check for currency and compliance with Standards.
  • If inflating your PFD1 manually, please remove the gas bottle.
  • Crotch strap.
  • Towel.
  • Please do NOT bring Dye Marker.

From a safety aspect, the Instructors require you to wear closed shoes for the entire course, including the flare shoot. Gloves and protective eye wear will be provided for the flare drill.

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 consumption. A light lunch will be provided.

Location Information

We ask that you adhere to the guidelines requested of us by Wesley College.

Contact the ORCV Office for any queries: (03) 9088 7210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.