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Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Course

The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria is Australia’s most popular and well regarded Safety & Sea Survival Certificate and Refresher Course provider. Our instructors are a vastly experienced group of committed ocean-going sailors. Collectively their experience is second to none. Our course content is provided in line with Australian Sailing’s Accredited Course Provider standards, and has been honed and developed over many years to provide the best practical and theoretical examples possible to ensure a sound knowledge of Safety & Sea Survival.

A Safety & Sea Survival Certificate (SSSC) is valid for five years. Check your current SSSC validity here.

To revalidate your certificate for a further five years, ORCV offer a refresher course designed for active offshore racing and cruising sailors. If you completed your SSSC some time ago, please consider booking into the full SSSC two-day course to re-familiarise yourself with important Safety & Sea Survival information and techniques.

Refresher Course Content

ORCV's course content has been revised and is now provided as two separate components.

Part 1 : Theory - Online Study and Exam

ORCV’s experienced and talented instructors have created a comprehensive e-learning package which provides the flexibility of self-paced learning.

Soon after booking your course with us, you will be emailed with details to access the online material and exam. You can set your own timeframe for learning, however the online exam component must be completed prior to taking part in the practical component.

Part 2 Practical  - Wet Drill, Flare Shoot and Incident Review

The practical day takes place at Wesley College, St.Kilda Road Melbourne Campus from 8:15am until approximately 2:00pm. 

This day focuses on updates on equipment & regulations, safety information and practical skills in the use of life rafts and lifejackets, activation of PLBs and EPIRBs, rescue and in-water survival techniques as well as handheld flares. A group discussion will take place where valuable lessons can be learned from past incidents offshore. All attendees will receive a pack that includes the latest Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Sea Survival Handbook.


$320 - ORCV Members’ Discount Rate *
$420 - Non-ORCV Members
$150 - Youth (16-25 years old)

*Join ORCV prior to booking your course and immediately take advantage of ORCV Members’ Discount on your SSSC booking. Learn more about ORCV Membership, how to support our great club and member benefits on courses and races.

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Sunday 21 November 2021

Part 2 (Practical) and Part 1 (Theory online)

Additional Course Information

  • Participant Information Sheet
  • Wesley College Location, Registration and Classrooms
  • Full Course Content


Study the Tactics used via the Tracker

Revisiting the tracker on a recent race is a great way to learn what decisions you and others made during a race and how those decisions impacted the race outcome. Using the 2021 King Island race, Simon gives us a short review of the race and how to use the tracker effectively. You can review the King Island Race here. 

Click on the boat you are interested in and move to the far RHS icon to change the colour of your boat and tracks, making it easier to stand out from the fleet.

Tracker changing boat colour

 Have you ever tried this technique?

White Noise blitzes opposition in ORCV’s 49th King Island Race

Daniel Edwards’ White Noise has blitzed the field in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s 49th Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race, taking out AMS, IRC, PHS and ORCi categories, while Paul Buchholz’s Extasea took line honours after settling into the race when the southerly eased in Bass Strait, giving all a nice ride to the finish.

End destination beautiful Grassy Harbour ORCV media pic King Island RaceEnd destination beautiful Grassy Harbour - ORCV media pic - King Island Race

Buchholz’s Cookson 50 made the finish line first, while four yachts shared the spoils across the IRC, AMS and PHS categories. And what spoils they were - large King Island crayfish, King Island cheese and champagne – what a way to celebrate the end of the race!

Daniel Edwards collects his cray after winning the King Island Race pic courtesy ORCVDaniel Edwards collects his cray after winning the King Island Race - pic courtesy ORCV

Little more than fifteen minutes separated White Noise, a M.A.T. 1245 that won AMS last year, and Ashley Trebilcock’s Beneteau First 40, Bandit, when the handicaps were applied in IRC. Peter Davison’s Archambault 40 Racer/Cruiser, Arcadia placed third.

White Noise and Bandit also finished top two under AMS, with Antony Walton’s well-campaigned RP46, Hartbreaker, in third. Hartbreaker ramped up with second in PHS, while Arcadia took third place.

Daniel Edwards: “It was a challenging race. I felt sorry for the boats that got smashed in the earlier part and then parked at King Island. It was very tricky towards the end. For the guys who came in late it was hard,” he said of the King Island destination that lies in Bass Strait between Melbourne and Tasmania.

The best part of the race? “The journey home – and enjoying the crayfish for breakfast this morning when we got back to Sandringham,” Edwards said laughing.

Crayfish just the order for King Island Race Photo ORCV Media

Crayfish just the order for King Island Race Photo ORCV Media

“The start was horrible; and it was a demanding race. From lunchtime onwards, as the sea-state improved dramatically in the lee of King Island, most of us wanted to stay west of the rhumbline because of the sea-state.

Sailing down the east coast of Tassie the conditions improved and were a lot more enjoyable Edwards said. “On the nose the whole way – tough, but good fun.

“Disappointing for Maverick that she couldn’t finish. They had an awesome race last year and not to be able to back up two years in a row.

“I’m pleased we did it. We enjoyed the weekend and good time on King Island. It was a nice way to come back after COVID,” he ended.

John Chipp and his Hot Chipps were among the newcomers to the race courtesy of ORCV lead-in programs for newcomers to offshore racing This a fun-loving owner and crew finished 11th in PHS aboard Chipp’s Beneteau Oceanis 41.1.

“A fantastic race,” Chipp stated. “We hadn’t done a Category 2 race before. Starting in the dark we were apprehensive getting gear up. It was blowing 15-20 knots and beating the whole way. it was interesting.

“We got outside the Heads with the others and enjoyed the camaraderie. There was a big High centred around King Island and that’s where the race was won or lost. We had our moments”, he admitted, “Good and bad. We enjoyed the tactical light airs, although five of our seven crew were sick at some stage, so that was challenging.”

On board Hot Chipps, Chipp explained, “You’ve got your comedians, hard workers, navigators. A great team and team effort.”

Any hot chips on board for this race? “No, we went with cordon bleu this time! The crayfish at King Island were very much on our minds… Sadly, we weren’t among the winners.”

Chipp continued, “This was a real breakout for us and others because of the times we’re living in. We spent a month preparing and were so happy to get the green light to go. We’re loving the ORCV races and are now looking forward to the Apollo Bay Race in May.”

Hot Chipps crew John Chipp centre in cap pic courtesy Hot Chipps King Island Race 1

Hot Chipps crew (John Chipp centre in cap) - pic courtesy Hot Chipps - King Island Race 

The King Island Race started in a 14 knot southerly at 1.45am in the morning – yes, you read correctly – 1.45am, so boats could clear the Heads.

Shortly after the start, Maverick, winner of IRC, PHS and Double-Handed divisions last year, (sailed double-handed again, this time by Anthony Hammond and Rod Smallman), retired with gear failure.

As predicted, winds abated and Extasea took control, leading Hartbreaker and Carrera S. In the next group Lord Jiminy, Cadibarra 8, Bandit and White Noise gave chase.

Those in the Rally fleet took a decision to delay their start by six hours, the rationale being the lightening southerly.

The Rally division, put into place by the ORCV this year to attract Category 3 bay racing boats, has been well-supported and is gaining momentum . Other divisions in this and all ORCV races included Double-Handed and Four + Authohelm, allowing for all types of boats and crews to participate.

Starting off Queenscliff and finishing in Grassy Harbour, King Island, 34 boats took part in the 2021 King Island Race/Rally. The perennial party awaited competitors at the King Island Boat Club, where the atmosphere was highly charged at the King Island Boat Club, competitors thrilled to be on the water after spending long months in lockdown.

The Melbourne to King Island Race started in 1973, a few months after the ORCV’s Westcoaster. Both will celebrate their half century editions in 2022.

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Race Director Updates for the 2021 King Island

4pm Race Director Update

With the fleet now only hours away, our Race Directors Ryan and Matt give us a quick update with the King Island Boat Club as their backdrop.

 4pm Tracker positions

The first boats are on the leeward side of King island and should arrive around 7pm. It's going to be busy then between midnight and 2am when it's expected the bulk of the fleet will arrive in time for the famous King Island steak sandwich.

Follow the trackers for update to date positions

Racing Fleet
Rally Fleet

and follow us on facebook for more updates from on the ground volunteers and competitor posts.

8am Race Director Update

The 49th Melbourne to King Island Race got underway at 1.45am today into 14knot southerly.  Shortly after starting, Maverick with gear failure returned and Archie with steering issues retired and have returned to Sandringham with all well and safe onboard.

As predicted, the winds are starting to ease and we find Extasea leading Hartbreaker and Carrera S.  We then see Lord Jiminy, Cadibarra 8, Bandit and White Noise following in the next group.

The Rally fleet, took a decision to delay their start by 6 hours allowing the southerly to lighten, starting just after the racing fleet at 1.50am.  We have seen one retirement from the rally fleet from Solitaire who is returning to home.

Matt Fahey, one of the Race Director provides a quick 8am update below.

Weather for the 49th King Island Race

What will your tactician do for 49th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Race? With a southerly start and the winds soon lightening and going east during the race, it's going to be tricky to pick your route. The race starts at 1.45 am Saturday (Rally 1.50 am Saturday start) and you can follow them via Blue Water Tracks here