Offshore Personal Survival

In 2003, ISAF (now World Sailing) introduced a standard basic syllabus for the training of safety courses in order to establish an International recognised qualification. The training requirements form part of the Offshore Special Regulations. These courses are run and established by World Sailing Member National Authorities (MNA) and conform to World Sailing minimum standards.  Sail Canada accredits Offshore Personal Survival training organizations and instructors.
Offshore Personal Survival Course
Offshore Personal Survival training is suitable for experienced sailors who are participating in distance and offshore races and passages. The training includes classroom and practical sessions. Topics covered include safety equipment, storm sails, weather forecasts, heavy weather, man overboard, emergency signals and communications. Practical sessions include inflating and using lifejackets and life rafts in a water environment. Participants who successfully complete the training receive a Sail Canada – World Sailing Approved Offshore Personal Survival training certificate, valid for five years.
Click here for a list of upcoming Offshore Personal Survival Courses, or visit the website of the accredited Offshore Personal Survival training organizations below.  

Sail Canada accredited Offshore Personal Survival training organizations

BC Sailing Association

Ontario Sailing

Diane Reid Sail Training & Coaching

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Sea Survival Halifax

West Vancouver Yacht Club

WaveSkills Sailing School

Voile Quebec


Program Documents

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