AS/ISAF Offshore Safety and Sea Survival

This two day course meets the requirements of ISAF, RYA and AS for crew planning to take part in offshore yacht races like the Sydney to Hobart race. The course is also highly recommended for anyone going to sea for any purpose.
11 December
Sat 11 Dec 2021 - Sun 12 Dec 2021
2 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $695.00 incl. GST
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23 April
Sat 23 Apr 2022 - Sun 24 Apr 2022
2 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $695.00 incl. GST
21 May
Sat 21 May 2022 - Sun 22 May 2022
2 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $695.00 incl. GST
3 September
Sat 03 Sep 2022 - Sun 04 Sep 2022
2 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $695.00 incl. GST

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While the focus of the course is on practical aspects of survival, we also consider the obligations of yacht owners, operators and masters to develop a culture of safety on board by implementation of a safety management system based on a comprehensive risk assessment.

There is a practical session in a pool, where you learn how to launch a life raft and practice in-water survival techniques.

By the end of the course you will have a good understanding of the legal responsibilities of the skipper and crew.

Course schedule

Day 1 - Flying Fish classroom 

  • Introduction, course aims and objectives
  • legal obligations 'duty of care'
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Distress / abandon ship / liferafts
  • Heavy weather handling (storm sails, drogues, crew routines)
  • Man overboard prevention and recovery
  • Distress flares and EPIRB's
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting

Offshore Safety and Sea SurvivalDay 2 - Flying Fish classroom / pool session

  • Liferaft and lifejacket practical pool session
  • SAR organisation and methods
  • Communications equipment (VHF, GMDSS, SATCOM)
  • Exams

Instructors and equipment 

The course will be run by an Australian Sailing /ISAF accredited instructor.

We provide all equipment you need for the course


The course is based in our training room at Middle Harbour Yacht Club which is set up for the purpose. The live flare drill is run on the marina.

What's included

Equipment, publications and training.


  • AS/ ISAF Offshore Safety and Survival certificate 

Before you start

The Sea Survival course is suitable for anyone who goes to sea for any reason, recreational or commercial and who would like to practice essential emergency drills and procedures in case the unthinkable happens.

No previous experience is needed to join this course.

Warning - this course may one day save your life!

What next?

You must re-validate this certificate every five years. 

Consider further safety training with Flying Fish

Marine First Aid and Marine Radio Operator