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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2022 Course Dates

Online self paced eLearning + Sunday 11 September 2022
Online self paced eLearning + Sunday 20 November 2022

Part 2 (Practical) and Part 1 (Theory online and must be completed in full prior to the practical)

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