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

 Safety at Sea with ORCV1

Thursday, 14 October 2021 12:07

ORCV Entry Compliance Declarations Completion of the following ORCV documentation is required to satisfy the conditions of entry as outlined in ORCV Notices of Race.The completion of these declarations is in addition to any documentation required by the current Australian Sailing Special Rules and Regulations. Please visit ORCV’s Skipper Support page for additional race documentation requirements and further information. Skipper's Race Entry Compliance Declaration Due to the matters covered, and unlike most of the other boat documentation, a Skipper’s Race Entry Compliance Declaration is...

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:16

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.  Have you ever tried this technique?

Monday, 08 March 2021 15:23

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 Race Buchholz’s Cookson 50 made the finish line first, while four yachts shared the spoils across the IRC, AMS and PHS...

Saturday, 06 March 2021 08:43

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.   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...

Friday, 05 March 2021 11:05

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 Race Fleet Rally Fleet