Safety at Sea Courses

Safety at Sea Courses


The Cruising Club of America, Storm Trysail Club and U.S. Naval Academy will all run Safety at Sea courses prior to the start of the 2020 Race (see calendar). All courses in Bristol, RI, at Roger Williams University, are run by the CCA. The event at SUNY Maritime in The Bronx, N.Y., is by Storm Trysail Club, and the Annapolis, Md., course is held at the U.S. Naval Academy, organized by the Marine Trades Association of Maryland.

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Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training course” and for those who need a refresher course because their certificate is out of date.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 CCA 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 (those taking a refresher course do not need to complete the online course), 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.

Upcoming SAS Courses

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.

Newport Bermuda Race Training Requirements


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

  • 2 or 3 crew members: 2 must have SAS training (including the skipper/PIC)
  • 4, 5, or 6 crew: 3 (including the skipper/PIC)
  • 7, 8, 9, or 10 crew: 4 (including the skipper/PIC)
  • 11, 12, or 13 crew: 5 (including the skipper/PIC)
  • 14 or more: 30% x (total number of crew) plus the skipper/PIC
  • Multihull vessels: 30% x (total number of crew) must have SAS training, plus the skipper/PIC, and the Reserve Person-in-Charge (RPIC).

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