In 2003 ISAF introduced a standard basic syllabus for the training of safety courses in order to establish an International recognized qualification. The training requirements form part of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations. These courses are run and established by ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) and conform to ISAF minimum standards.

At the end of the course you will have a good knowledge of the safety equipment carried on small boats and the seamanship techniques needed to survive at sea in heavy weather.

The certificate awarded conforms with the eligibility requirements of section 6.01 of the ISAF Special Regulations for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races. These regulations require a percentage of the crew to have taken personal survival training.

It is a well-proven fact that, in the event of an emergency at sea, people with training are more likely to survive.

An important part of the course is a practical session in San Francisco Bay. Experience first hand the problems of entering an uncooperative life raft and assisting others while fully kitted out in wet weather gear and a lifejacket.

Course topics include:

  • 99.9% of those afloat will never use their life raft however, if you are part of the unlucky 0.1% your chances of survival will be greatly increased if you have gotten in a life raft and therefore understand how to use it and the equipment the contain to help yourself.
  • survival techniques
  • the design of lifejackets
  • medical aspects of sea survival
  • search and rescue techniques
  • seamanship and emergencies
  • heavy weather seamanship
  • weather fore casting
  • fire fighting
  • man overboard recovery

The course will be examined by a short written test.

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Further Reading....

Shallow water waves

Life Saving Appliances

Caring for your life-jacket


Helicopter Rescue

Helicopter Pamphlet (PDF)

HMS Bounty

Low Speed Chase