Organization and Instructors
The 2 day Offshore Personal Survival Course is offered by BC Sailing in association with local yacht clubs. The course was developed by the Safety at Sea Working Group, comprised of representatives of four distance races and their organizing authorities:
Southern Straits Race – West Vancouver Yacht Club
Vic-Maui International Yacht Race – Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Swiftsure International Yacht Race – Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race – Blast Performance Sailing
Offshore Personal Survival Course instructors are accredited by BC Sailing and Sail Canada.
Student Requirements and Advance Information
- The Offshore Personal Survival Course includes classroom and practical sessions. Practical sessions include in-the-pool training with life rafts and lifejackets.
- Participants will enter the water in wet weather gear, swim with and without lifejackets, inflate, right and board life rafts, and assist other participants with the drills.
- The training is physically demanding, requires the ability to swim and may be stressful.
- It is the responsibility of participants to be fit for the training. Participants who have any doubt about their ability to participate safely should consult their doctor and obtain medical approval in advance of the course.
Liability waiver and personal information consent forms:
- Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver – release agreement prior to participation
- All participants must review and sign the BC SAS Release Agreement.
- For the benefit of participants and event organizing authorities, BC Sailing and Sail Canada may maintain a publicly-searchable database listing participant names, certificate numbers and certificate expiry dates. Participants will be requested to sign a personal information consent form.
Advance reading material:
- Advance reading material will be delivered to the postal mailing address you provide during online registration.
- Participants are expected to review any advance material prior to the start of the course.
Clothing and personal safety equipment:
- For sessions other than the in-the-water session, casual clothing is suitable.
- For the in-the-water session, participants are required to have a full set of wet weather gear including footwear, a functional lifejacket or PFD, and a re-arm kit (if using an inflatable PFD). Using the same gear that you plan to sail offshore with is strongly recommended.
- All clothing and gear must be clean and suitable for a public swimming pool. A change of clothing, a towel and a bag for wet clothing gear are also recommended.
- Rinse-down and change facilities are provided at the in-the-water session.
Refreshments and meals:
- Light refreshments (water, coffee, tea, snacks) will be provided.
- *On days when the class times span the noon to 1:00pm timeframe, lunch will be provided. Participants are responsible for other meals.
Price & Registration
- The Offshore Personal Survival Course is $360.00, plus taxes, in Canadian funds. Price includes advance material, course participation, refreshments and lunches*, and upon successful completion, a Sail Canada – World Sailing Approved Offshore Personal Safety training certificate. Early bird pricing is offered for most classes.
- Registration and payment are available only though the online registration system. Payment is made by a major credit card at the time of registration. The online registration system automatically offers early bird pricing if it is available.
- Registrations are non-cancellable by the participant and non-refundable.
- Transfers from one person to another may be permitted under circumstances acceptable to the organizers; transfer requests should be made in writing not less than 14 days prior to the class start date.
Testimonials (from participants in 2011-2017 classes)
“Thank you so much for the certificate and for running such an informative and professional course.”
“I wanted to say thank you for the excellent course. I thought the course was extremely informative and was very impressed with the way it was presented.”
“Just wanted to thank you and the other instructors for an excellent course. Really well-organized and communicated. The hands-on exercises (cutting rigging, flares) and time in the pool were particularly valuable… could be lifesavers!”
“Thanks again for the excellent course. I particularly found that the real life examples drove home some messages. … Up to that point in your course I had questioned the crotch strap concept a bit as my life jacket had not ridden up in the pool. That story really hit home.”
“Regarding the differences between this training and STCW / MED training … it’s not just about ‘safety at sea’ but ‘sailing safely at sea’.” (commercial ship’s officer)
Registration is available online only (see the links in the Calendar section above).
For other information please contact:
BC Sailing Safety at Sea program