The Australian Sailing Safety & Sea Survival (SSS) course was developed following the fatalities of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race. Fierce storms and violent winds battered the fleet with the loss of six sailors and five yachts. A total of fifty-five sailors were rescued. The resulting coroner’s inquest issued recommendations which have subsequently been incorporated into the Australian Sailing Special Regulations.
This SSS course is essential learning for anyone who intends to spend time on a boat in open water, whether by sail or motor vessel, for professional or recreational reasons. The combined theory and practical course aims to deliver up-to-date information and current techniques in an interactive environment. It is not only of interest to sailors but will also assist family, shore crew and race volunteers to understand the safety requirements of offshore sailing and the search and rescue process in the event of an emergency.
At NCYC we deliver the course in two modules;
- Online e-Learning THEORY component (self-paced), incorporating the written exam and;
- One-day PRACTICAL component involving the use of life rafts, and inflatable lifejackets in a pool and flare deployment practise.
An SSS certificate will be issued by Australian Sailing to successful candidates which will be valid for a period of five years. The certificate meets the eligibility requirements of section 6.01 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations for Category 0, 1 and some Category 2 offshore races. At least 50% of the crew, including the skipper, when racing in a Category 1 event and at least 30% for a Category 2 event shall hold a Safety & Sea Survival Course certificate of competence.
- Provide sailors with the skills and essential knowledge that will maximise their chances of survival in water or life rafts following a man overboard situation or vessel abandonment
- Familiarise sailors with the latest personal and vessel safety equipment, its purpose, deployment, and most effective use
- Present and discuss prevention and coping strategies for incidents and emergencies at sea
Fitness to be able to complete the wet drill and other activities is anticipated.
- Theory Exam 80% pass mark; and
- Practical competency (wet and flare drills)
Safety & Sea Survival courses are conducted by specialist instructors who are accredited with Australian Sailing. NCYC have partnered with Above & Beyond Boating for the delivery of the online theory course. Practical exercises (life raft and life jackets) are conducted at Charlestown pool, with the distress flare session conducted on the grounds of NCYC.