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Crews competing in the Fastnet Race, AZAB and other long distance races need to have attended an RYA/World Sailing Offshore Safety course within the last 5 years to satisfy the training required by World Sailing Offshore Special Regulation 6.01 for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races. Some members of the crew will also need to have a First Aid qualification.
For groups of 6 or more, courses can be arranged at a date and venue to suit and the training can be specifically tailored to your group. During 2014 SeaRegs worked alongside Ocean Safety to provide Advanced Survival training for the Volvo Ocean race teams, whilst we can’t always promise an environmental pool with waves, spray and blackout or dressing up as firemen we will endeavour to make the training as realistic as possible.
The aim of the 2 day World Sailing Offshore Safety course is to provide skippers and crews of yachts wishing to take part in offshore races with the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with an emergency whilst offshore. The course consists of 2 modules, basic sea survival and offshore safety. If you have attended the RYA Basic Sea Survival* course within the last five years then you need only attend the World Safety Offshore Safety Training module.
World Sailing Offshore Safety module includes training on the care & maintenance of safety equipment; storm sails; damage control; crew routines; man overboard prevention and recovery; giving assistance to other craft; SAR organisation and methods; practical fire Precautions and fire fighting and distress alerting and survivor location aids.
*The STCW Personal Survival course is not accepted by World Sailing whereas the STCW First Aid is. The following statement is on the World Sailing website:
“A frequently asked question is whether an STCW 95 sea survival training is a permitted alternative. Ultimately what is acceptable is up to the race organizer however World Sailing standard advice is NOT to accept STCW courses (however first aid course are accepted). The reason for this is that the STCW course is a commercial ship qualification and therefore does not contain sailing related items and recreational safety equipment.”
For this reason the RYA Sea Survival course is required before attending the 1 day World Sailing Safety Module. Our 2 day course incorporates both the RYA Survival and Safety Module.