As for all RORC longer distance offshore yacht races, 30% (but not less than 2) of the crew are required to have completed a World Sailing (previously ISAF) Offshore Safety Course within the last 5 years.
SeaRegs are recognised by the RYA to run the World Sailing Offshore Safety course. This course satisfies 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.
World Sailing Offshore Safety Courses are held at the SeaRegs classroom in Plymouth, Devon easily accessible from the A38. Click to view our course calendar.
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 Sailing Offshore Safety Training module.
The 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.
Simon Jinks, SeaRegs Chief Instructor has a wealth of experience when it comes to the World Sailing Offshore Course, he is author of the World Sailing Offshore Guide to Personal Safety and in August 2014 was one of the lead instructors providing Advanced Survival courses for the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race crews.