ISAF Sea Survival

The ISAF Sea Survival course was developed following the 1998 Sydney Hobart Race tragedy which resulted in the loss of 6 lives. The aim of the course is to prepare skippers and crew for the worst possible scenarios which may cause accidents, emergencies or abandonment.

During the course, students will have the chance to operate lifejackets, open life rafts and practice survival techniques – all hugely beneficial should the need arise. We recommend this course to all sailors intending to carry out long passages. The certificate is also required by 30% of the crew taking part in the middle sea race, except for double handed vessels where both participants should have the certificate.

The course consists of a theory session as well as a practical session. A Sea Survival Handbook is included in the price.


Previous Knowledge Required

Topics Covered
  • liferafts and safety equipment
  • survival techniques and medical aspects
  • the design of lifejackets
  • search and rescue techniques
A fundamental part of this course is carried out in a pool. After your theoretical instruction, you will make your way down to a diving pool where you will get to grips with deploying a liferaft, assisting others, and various huddles which are sure to benefit you and your crew in emergency situations.
Ability After Course
  • Know how to deploy a life raft
  • Know how to correctly fit a life jacket
  • Be familiar with rescue techniques


NB: This course covers the full course content of the two day ISAF Sea Survival course, compressed into one day in order to fit the pre-RMSR schedule.

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Course Info


16,17,18 October (Middle Sea Race)

30 OCtober 2018


07:45 - 18:00



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