Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Course

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the May SSSC Referesher Course has been cancelled. ORCV are offering all participants who booked the option to have their booking transferred to our scheduled courses in September and November or provide you with a full refund. To organise either option, please contact Jen Benson at the ORCV office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bookings continue to be available for additional SSSC Refresher courses currently scheduled for 20 September 2020 and 15 November 2020.

Book here for September Course.

Book here for November Course.

For sailors whose certificates have expired*, regardless of when, a refresher (or update) course of 8 hours tuition time may be attended. The refresher, or update course is designed for active offshore racing sailors and anyone who does not sail regularly should seriously consider attending a full 2 day Safety & Sea Survival course.  An update course also provides a valuable refresher to 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 5 years
*Safety & Sea Survival Certificates have a validity of 5 years
To check if you have an old certificate please click here

Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Content

This course focus is on lessons learned from recent incidents, updates on equipment & regulations, safety information, and practical skills in the use of liferafts and lifejackets.  The course requires a minimum of 8 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 5 years
  • Changes to Maritime Search and Rescue and Meteorological services
  • Any updates on Medical services and/or Fire Fighting equipment and techniques
  • 3-hour practical session on the use of liferafts and lifejackets, 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.

Course Registration Information

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.

Cost per course is:

Members $275
Non Members $320
Youth (16-25 years old) $135

Please follow the links below to register. 

Don't forget ORCV Memberships get a discount to all courses.  So consider joining the ORCV


SEPTEMBER 20th 2020

NOVEMBER 15th 2020

A light lunch will be provided.
Gloves and protective eyewear for the flare drill will be provided.

Safety at Sea with ORCV

What to Bring

  • Notepad and pens
  • 2017-2020 AS Special Regulations Blue e-Book.
  • Bring your tablet/laptop along: 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 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.
  • Towel.
  • 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.

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.