Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Course Participant Information

The ORCV SSSC Refresher Course is provided in two parts.

Part 1 – Theory : Online Self-Paced Learning

Soon after booking your course with us, you will receive an email with a link to Part 1 – Theory online so you can commence your course. Your online learning is self-paced, however you must have completed and passed the exam before attending Part 2 – Practical.

An assessment paper must be passed to an 80% threshold and competencies demonstrated before the theoretical component of the course is considered complete.

Part 2 – Practical : Wet Drill, Flare Shoot and Incident Review

It is important that you carefully read the following information well in advance of attending the practical session.

We recommend that you prepare for this course as you would for an ocean voyage and have an early night the day before and avoid alcohol consumption.

A light lunch will be served on the day and tea/coffee will be available.

Group Discussion
  • Please bring a notepad and pen and be prepared to contribute examples of your own past sailing experiences and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). In the group session our instructors and participants share experiences and focus on important lessons learned from recent incidents.
  • Please also bring your completed Refresher Incident Worksheet (part of the online theory component) for the group discussion.
Flare Shoot
  • Closed shoes must be worn.
  • Flares, gloves and protective eye wear will be provided.
  • If you have long hair, please bring a hair tie and ensure it is secured for the flare shoot.
Pool Wet Drill

The Wet Drill takes place in a heated pool at Wesley College.

Please bring along the following items:

  • Full ocean clothing comprising of inner thermal layer, mid layer and outer ocean wet weather gear layer.
  • Sea boots. If you do not have sea boots or never wear them while ocean sailing, replicate the footwear you would normally wear when ocean sailing.
  • Lifejacket compliant with current standards. If you do not have a Lifejacket and cannot borrow one from someone, ORCV have a limited supply that must be booked in advance via emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and advising us of your requirement.
  • Crotch strap
  • Towel

If inflating your lifejacket manually, please remove the gas bottle.

Wash all clothing including wet weather gear beforehand and empty all pockets.

It is recommended that you ensure all items are labelled with your name so you can be notified if you’ve left them on site.

Additional Course Information

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