RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety

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RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety equips both racers and cruisers with the skills and knowledge necessary to both prevent and deal with emergencies offshore. Whilst this course satisfies the training requirements for many offshore races it is equally suited to those who undertake blue water cruises and may be beyond immediate help. Anyone can attend this course.

This one day course is based at Urban Truant’s training facilities at Swanwick Marina. The classroom  has a wide range of safety equipment that is used to turn theoretical sessions into a hands-on experience. Whilst this can be taken as a stand-alone course, in order to issue the full ISAF certificate, candidates are also required to attend RYA Sea Survival course within the last 5 years (please note that the ISAF certificate will be dated the same as your Sea Survival course not the date you took the ISAF, so you may wish to re-take the Sea Survival course).
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of sailing and officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. This RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety course satisfies the training required by ISAF Offshore Special Regulations 6.01 for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races. If you’re looking to do the course to fulfil a training requirement, we also recommend attending the one day RYA First Aid course. Whilst this is not a requirement for the actual ISAF certificate it is required to be held by a certain number of crew on some races. 
No experience required.
Instructor Ratio
Duration1 day (or 2 days to include the RYA Sea Survival course).
A hands-on course designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed to handle offshore emergencies.
Ability after
An understanding of techniques for dealing with heavy weather along with skills to deal with on board damage and emergencies. All crew participating in offshore races such as the Fastnet need to hold this certificate.

What’s Included

  • All course materials, morning and afternoon tea and lunch.
  • Distress flares for practical session.

Course Dates

Below are listed our available dates. If you cannot see dates that you require, please get in touch with us and we may be able to to arrange a more suitable date.

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation we are unable to run these courses at this time.

See what our students say:

Sam S - RYA Coastal Skipper

"Just wanted to say how brilliant Will was over the last week. He is a great instructor. Calm and precise with great visual techniques to help you understand the processes you are learning. He is a natural teacher. Thanks for pairing us with him, it really work well, and he was also great company in the evenings!"

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