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ISAF Offshore Safety

Price: from £125 (Finance now available)

Location: Starts at our base at Premier Gosport Marina

Duration: 1 day

The perfect accompanying course to the RYA Sea Survival course, the ISAF Offshore Safety Course is an essential for any sailor. A very informative course and a prerequisite for longer passages and those wanting to get into offshore racing!

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Course Information

Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

Recommended Reading: Sailing magazines and newspapers, but this is not essential 

Course Prerequisites: No assumed knowledge

Minimum Age: No minimum but Under 16’s must be accompanied by adult. Persons aged 16+ can be unaccompanied subject to other pre-requisites having been met

Who is the course for:

The RYA/ISAF World Sailing Offshore Safety course is for both racers and cruisers with the skills and knowledge necessary to both prevent and deal with some emergencies situations offshore.

This one day course really does help give you ideas and familiarisation with equipment and techniques to help deal with those more unusual situations off  shore.

This course satisfies the training requirements for many offshore races, but it is equally suited to those who undertake blue water cruises and may be beyond immediate help and aid.

With covering situations that you may come across in the open water with ideas and discussions on how to deal with them.



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What we cover on the course:

The course satisfies the training requirement set out by ISAF Offshore Special Regulations 6.01 for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races.

The RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course is split between both theoretical and practical hands on training.

Areas covered include:

  • Care, Maintenance and appropriate stowage  of Safety Equipment
  • Storm Sails, rigging and styles
  • Damage Control and limitation
  • Crew Routines in an emergency
  • Man Overboard Prevention and Recovery
  • Giving Assistance to other craft
  • SAR Organisation and Methods
  • Practical Fire Precautions and Fire Fighting
  • Distress Alerting and Survivor Location Aids
  • Rudderless sailing
  • Where possible live flare use
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Course formats & details:

Courses run in a choice of two formats:

  • 1 day: (Saturday or Sunday)
  • Also available mid-week

In order to obtain the full ISAF World Sailing Offshore Safety Certification students will need to complete both this course and the one day RYA Sea Survival course.

There are a few other courses that really compliment this course. We would also strongly recommend attending the one day RYA First Aid course.

Whilst this is not a requirement for the actual ISAF certificate or regulations it is required to be held by a certain number of crew on some races for someone to be trained in First aid.

The SRC/VHF course is also very useful to be able to call for assistance if you get asked to use the radio.

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Our Chief Instructor says this about the ISAF Offshore Safety Course:

This is an amazing course for any sailor.

Covering some of those situations where you just need to talk it through and pull in knowledge from other sailors, and find out how they coped with the situation.

From learning how to sail rudderless, to making emergency steering systems, setting up storm sails and live use of the flares it’s a great practical experience so you know what to expect if you have to use this equipment in anger.

Its one of the best days for trying equipment you normally wouldn’t use, we really recommend this course for anyone looking at offshore sailing.

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