Safety and Sea
The popular, biennial Fastnet race, was first held in 1925 in the Irish Sea and is run by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. A severe storm during the 1979 race resulted in the deaths of 17 competitors and the loss or abandonment of 23 yachts. This led to a major overhaul of the rules and the equipment required for the competition.
In the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race of 1998, fierce storms and violent winds battered the fleet with the loss of six sailors and five yachts. A total of 55 sailors were rescued and a subsequent coroner’s inquest made recommendations which have been adopted into the Yachting Australia Special Regulations.
At least 50% of the crew, including the skipper when racing in a Category 1 and at least 30% for Category 2 shall hold a Safety and Sea Survival Course certificate of competence. The ORCV requires 50% for Category 2 events, though it is strongly recommended that for both categories of races all crew members undertake the course. This course is a pre-requisite for ocean racing, not only to meet the safety requirements but to demonstrate an acceptance of your personal and team responsibilities for safety on board an ocean going boat.
All who are planning to spend time on a boat in open water will find this course stimulating and enlightening. It is not only of interest to sailors but also helps shore crew to understand the safety requirements of offshore sailing and the search and rescue process in the event of an emergency.
• Man overboard drill
• Inflating personal flotation device (pfd)
• Testing pfd
• Swimming techniques
• Conserving heat
• Retrieving and donning life jacket while in the water
• Righting an upturned liferaft
• Entering a liferaft unassisted
• Contents of survival kit
• Retrieving crew with throwing line
The practical flare shoot will include igniting several different types of flares.
We recommend that you prepare for this course as you would for an ocean voyage and suggest you have an early night the day before and avoid alcohol.
Additionally, the Instructors require you to wear closed shoes for the entire course, please.
The SSSC Full course is conducted over a period of at least 16 hours (2 full days).
Dates, Locations, Times
Day 1: Saturday 28 September 2013, @ South Yarra Sports Centre, 8:15am to 5:30pm
Day 2: Sunday 29 September 2013, @ South Yarra Sports Centre, 8:15am to 5:30pm
NB: South Yarra Sports Centre is located at Melbourne High School on Chapel Street, South Yarra (near cnr Alexandra Avenue). Melways Ref: 58 E2. For a map see HERE.
Vehicle entry and parking in school grounds - enter from Alexandra Ave.
$290.00 for financial ORCV members.
$340.00 for non-members and non-financial members.
This includes the registration of the qualification with Yachting Australia.
We can also supply the Yachting Australia Blue Book for an additional $43.00.
A Student Resource Pack will be provided.
Gloves and Protective Eyewear for the Flare Drill will be provided.
A Light lunch (salad rolls) will be provided.
Places in these course are limited and can not be reserved. The only way to ensure your place is to Enrol and pay the correct fee.
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