Safety at Sea Courses

Cruising Club of America (CCA) Safety at Sea Courses

These courses are both for sailors who have never completed an “International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training course” and for those who need a refresher course because their certificate is out of date. All courses are one day long. The CCA course package includes the US Sailing “Online Offshore Safety at Sea Course” that is completed first at your pace, the one day “hands-on” course offered on the dates listed below, the US Sailing “Safety at Sea” book, and a one-year US Sailing membership or renewal.

2019 dates: January 12, March 16, and October 13

2020 dates: January 11, March 14, March 15, May 9, and either June 15 or 16 (to be determined)

Where: Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

Sign Up for a CCA Safety at Sea course: Register online

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The Safety at Sea team has put together the following summary of Safety at Sea crew training requirements for monohulls for your convenience:

Number of crew members Number of people who must have training
2 or 3 2 (including the skipper/PIC)
4, 5, or 6 3 (including the skipper/PIC)
7, 8, 9, or 10 4 (including the skipper/PIC)
11, 12, or 13 5 (including the skipper/PIC)
14 or more

Multihull vessels

30% X (total number of crew) plus the skipper/PIC

All crew members

2020 Newport-Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Requirements:

4.3.1 Safety At Sea Seminar Attendance: At least 30% but not fewer than two members of the crew in addition to the Person-In-Charge (PIC) and for multihulls the Reserve Person-in-Charge (RPIC) must hold a World Sailing Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course Certificate earned by attending (1) a two-day US Sailing approved “International Offshore Safety at Sea course with Hands-on Training” course (the first day may be online training), or (2) for those who complete training outside the United States, a World Sailing approved “Offshore Personal Survival Course”. A certificate will be valid for the three Newport Bermuda Races that occur after the date that the certificate was issued. For example, a certificate issued in January 2019 would be honored for the 2020, 2022, and 2024 races. A certificate based on exclusively internet-based training will not be acceptable.