Safety at Sea Courses

Safety at Sea Courses


The Cruising Club of America, The Bermuda Race Foundation, Storm Trysail Club and U.S. Naval Academy will all run Safety at Sea courses prior to the start of the 2022 Race. The CCA and the Bermuda Race Foundation (the courses are identical from both host organizations) are conducted in Bristol, RI, at Roger Williams University. The Storm Trysail Club courses are at SUNY Maritime in The Bronx, N.Y. The course held at the U.S. Naval Academy is organized by the Marine Trades Association of Maryland.

IMPORTANT: Virtually no Safety at Sea courses have been conducted since March 2020. Therefore there is considerable pent up demand for these courses. In order to meet this demand, the CCA, the Bermuda Race Foundation, and the Storm Trysail Club will be conducting additional courses in the Fall of 2021 and the first half of 2022. We want to emphasize that sailors should sign up for these courses as far in advance of the Newport Bermuda Race as possible to insure they get a slot in one of the classes. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL JUST BEFORE THE RACE! There is simply not enough capacity in the month or two before the race if a large number of people wait until that time to take these courses.

ATTENTION Sailors who are renewing your certification: Please note the change to the US Sailing requirements for recertification. You must take the “Online Offshore Safety at Sea Part Two” in addition to the one day in person “hands-on” course.

2022 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 including the Person-In-Charge (PIC) 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) a World Sailing approved “Offshore Personal Survival Course”. A certificate will be honored for the purposes of this paragraph for the three Newport Bermuda Races scheduled after the date that the certificate was issued. This calculation includes the 2020 Race which was not conducted.

Cruising Club of America (CCA) and Bermuda Race Foundation (BRF) Seminars

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Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training course” and for those who need a refresher course because their certificate is out of date. The in-person portion of the CCA and BRF courses are one day long.

The course packages are identical and include:

  • (A) two online courses: the US Sailing “Online Offshore Safety at Sea Part One (Units 1 – 10) and “Online Offshore Safety at Sea Part Two (Units 11 – 15) (Sailors who are refreshing (renewing) their certification will only take Part Two.);
  • (B) the US Sailing Safety at Sea book,
  • (C) the one-day in person hands on course,
  • (D) and a one year US Sailing membership or renewal.

The schedule for the CCA and BRF courses:

Students whose courses were cancelled in 2020 are being contacted to reschedule their courses. General registration will open in mid-September:

  • December 4 & 5
  • January 15 &16
  • February 12 &13
  • March 19 & 20
  • April 9 &10
  • May 7 & 8

Storm Trysail Club (STC) Seminars

The Storm Trysail Club will resume hosting their Hands-On Safety At Sea seminars with one this Fall on Monday, October 11, 2021 (Columbus Day) at SUNY Maritime, Bronx, NY. Another one is planned for the Spring of 2021 but the dates have not been released.

Sailors will earn the “US Sailing Offshore” certification, or the “International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training” certification in combination with US Sailing’s 15-chapter online course and their own Safety at Sea Video Library . If you are interested in doing the Newport Bermuda Race or any other major offshore event, make sure you and your crew have the required training.

Schedule for STC Seminars (Click a date to learn more and register)

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, 3, 4, 5 or 6 crew members: 2 must have SAS training (including the skipper/PIC)

  • 7, 8, 9, or 10 crew: 3 (including the skipper/PIC)
  • 11 to 19 crew: 4 (including the skipper/PIC)
  • 20 or more: 30% x (total number of crew) including the skipper/PIC
  • Multihull vessels: 30% x (total number of crew) must have SAS training, including the skipper/PIC, and the Reserve Person-in-Charge (RPIC).

Medical Seminar

Prevention and preparedness are best ways to avoid injury and stay safe during any offshore experience. These resources are to help in that process. Crew trained via Safety at Sea, CPR/First Aid, and more, is always the best way to prepare. To help train as many people as possible, there will be an enhanced Offshore Medical Seminar, with CPR/First Aid/AED training on Sunday, March 15th, during the Cruising Club of America Safety at Sea Course at Roger Williams University.For more info, and to register, please select the CCA course link below:

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