Safety and Sea Survival
Provide all persons intending to go to sea, in sailing or motor yachts, whether cruising or racing, with skills and essential knowledge that will maximize their chances of survival in water or liferafts following a man overboard situation or vessel abandonment; and familiarise sailors with the latest personal and vessel safety equipment, its purpose, deployment, and most effective use; and present and discuss prevention and coping strategies for incidents and emergencies at sea
We will look at relevant case studies, fire some real flares, and see what it is like abandoning a ship into a liferaft during the wet drills.
The course was developed by Australian Sailing (AS) to provide survival training for Offshore Sailors. It is mandatory for 50% of crew in Category 1 Offshore Races and is highly recommended for sailors in Category 2 events. This course is also recognized by World Sailing, therefore it is valid all over the world.
This certificate is valid for 5 years. After 5 years, you will need to take a Refresher course to revalidate for another 5 years.
Specific topics covered:
- Personal Safety Equipment
- Liferafts & Abandoning Ship
- Care & Maintenance of Safety Gear
- Preparation & Planning
- Storm Sails
- Damage Control
- Heavy Weather
- Crew Overboard Prevention & Recovery
- Hypothermia, Cold Shock & First Aid
- Search & Rescue Organisation
- Marine Weather
- Fire Precautions & Firefighting
- Emergency Communications & Pyrotechnics
- Pyrotechnics & Signalling Gear
- 25 question Assessment (80% pass rate; 20 correct questions)
If your current SSSC certificate is expired or about to expire you can revalidate it by sitting a Refresher course. It involves participating in the Wetdrills, taking the 25-question assessment, and an update on techniques and equipment. All that can be done in conjunction with the full course. For prices, see below.
If you already have marine qualifications, you may be eligible for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning). Check out this link to the AS website for more information.
If you are short of time, there is the option to do this course via E-learning.
In about 6 hours, you will cover all the theory topics. You will still need to participate in the Wet Drills and Flare Drills to obtain of Certificate. For prices, see below.