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2 days
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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The ISAF Offshore Safety Course is required for offshore race skippers and crew competing in major yacht races around the world which venture into unprotected waters. The course is a good investment for any sailor embarking on an offshore or ocean passages.

The requirements

If you are competing in the Rolex RORC Fastent race then you are bound by the ISAF Offshore special offshore regulations. Section 6.01 states that at least 30% of crew taking part in a CAT 0,1 or 2 race (Fastnet) are required to complete the 2-day ISAF Offshore safety course. Although 30% of crew is a minimum requirement most boats that are competing in an offshore race for the first time decide that all crew need to complete this course.

One-day refresher

Crew who hold the RYA Sea survival certificate issued within the last 5 years only need complete day two of this course.

Will my STCW certificate be accepted

Untimely what is Sea Survival certificate is accepted is up to the race organisers. However,  World Sailing Organisation advice is not accept the STCW Sea Survival certificate as an alternative to the RYA Offshore Personal Survival Certificate as STCW training is geared towards commercial ships rather than sailing yachts.

RORC will honor any STCW Sea Survival Certificate issued within the last 5 years. Any STCW Sea Survival Certificates issued in 2019 may not be accepted.

Course programme

Our ISAF Offshore Safety Course covers the training requirements detailed in section 6.01. We deliver the training in two parts; The first day is devoted to practical Sea Survival training including practical drills in the swimming pool. Day two is spent in the classroom, dealing with heavy weather, seamanship and responding to emergencies onboard.


  • Publications, certification.
  • RYA Sea Survival book
  • Transport to swimming pool.
  • Safety equipment.

*Accommodation not included

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
26/07/2019 27/07/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight Fully booked
Course price £240
Full payment needed
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Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

No previous experience needed.

All students are required to secure travel insurance for the duration of their course.


Full itinerary

Day 1 – Sea survival course

  • Liferafts and lifejackets.
  • The equipment on your liferaft.
  • Pyrotechnics and EPIRBs.
  • Use of survival suits and protective clothing.
  • Survival techniques.
  • Launching and boarding the life raft.
  • Righting a liferaft.
  • Group exercises.

Day 2 – Classroom syllabus

  • Care and maintenance of safety equipment.
  • Rigging Storm sails.
  • VHF DSC mayday procedures.
  • Damage control and repair.
  • Dealing with medical emergencies onboard.
  • Crew routines, boat handling.
  • Use of drogues.
  • Man overboard prevention and recovery.
  • Giving assistance to other craft.
  • SAR organisation and methods.
  • Weather forecasting and heavy weather techniques.
  • Fire precautions and use of fire extinguishers.

Related courses

At least one member of the race crew is required to have a valid first aid certificate. We can provide STCW First Aid training course which complies with ISAF special regulations.