Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival Course

The Australian Sailing (AS) Safety and Sea Survival Course is an INTENSIVE course for offshore yacht cruisers and racers with the aim to deliver the most up-to-date information and techniques in an interactive and safe learning environment.

The course includes a practical wet drill, where candidates will become familiar with the deployment and use of a life-raft and life jackets, as well as a flare demonstration where you get to experience firing distress flares. Our theory sessions encourage free discussion of equipment, techniques, regulations, and drills, drawing on the combined knowledge and experience of instructors and students to greatly enhance your chances of survival in the event of an emergency at sea.

The Course

As well as being of tremendous value to all mariners - sailors, cruisers and racers alike - the Certificate awarded also meets the eligibility requirements of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations for Category 0, 1 and 2 offshore races. For entrants in categorised offshore races, your SSS Certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of the course. Certificates must be re-validated at the end of this period by attending a refresher or repeat SSS course. For cruising sailors, a 5-yearly repeat course is strongly recommended.

The cost is $335 per person for the full course and $280 for those revalidating their certificate.


This course assumes that you have no prior knowledge of sailing but some practical experience is desirable.


This course will cover safety and emergency planning, safety and survival equipment, meteorology, heavy weather strategies, marine emergencies, damage control, distress communications, abandoning ship, deployment, and use of life-rafts, helicopter rescue and pyrotechnics.


To gain the AS Safety and Sea Survival certificate requires attending a 16-hour course held over 2 evenings of 4 hours and 1 day of 8 hours.


Your instructor will provide course packs, registration forms, coffee and biscuits, practical flare demonstrations, pool session, course completion certificate. You will need to bring a notebook, pen, lunch, towel, change of clothes, safety harness with crutch strap, PFD 1 life jacket with crutch strap, offshore wet weather gear including sea boots.


For more information about this course please contact the DSS Office;
Phone 03 6223 1977 | email sailtrain@dssinc.org.au


Click HERE for full list of course dates and enrolment.

Derwent Sailing Squadron members please login to your mySailor HERE before registering then enter the discount code DSSMEMBER to receive a 10% discount.

If you are interested in a course and no suitable dates are listed, why not tell us what you are interested in by completing the SailTrain Expression of Interest form. We will contact you to discuss your requirements further.



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