Safety At Sea Courses

Safety at Sea (SAS) Courses

In general there are three levels of SAS certification:

  • Coastal
  • Offshore
  • Offshore with Hands-on Training

Coastal SAS for 2018 will be an on-line offering available through US Sailing, as well as an in-person course at some boat shows and smaller venues.

Offshore SAS is done either online or in a classroom setting.

Offshore with Hands-On training will be offered as a two-day in classroom/hands-on seminar and will be offered in 2018 as a combination of online learning and one day of classroom and hands-on.

All SAS training is good for five years and those completing the training are listed on the US Sailing SAS database. Coastal SAS attendees do not get a paper certificate, Offshore SAS attendees generally do. Higher levels of training meet the lower requirements, for example Offshore SAS meets a Coastal SAS requirement.

For a full description of US Sailing Safety at Sea training please visit: http://www.ussailing.org/education/safety-at-sea/

Which training do I need?

Each race organizer selects the level of training required for their races

  • The BAMA Double Handed Farallones race (3/24/18) recommends SAS training which may apply to their own training requirement for all crew defined in Notice of Race. Skipper meeting offered.
  • The IYC Double Handed Lightship race (4/7/18) requires that the skipper have at least a Coastal SAS certificate.
  • OYRA (9 race series, first race 4/21/18) requires that the skipper and 30% of the crew have at least a Coastal SAS certificate.
  • SSS (first offshore race 5/19/18) requires that the skipper have at least a Coastal SAS certificate.
  • The SFYC/MPYC Spinnaker Cup (5/26/18) requires that the skipper and 30% of the crew have at least an Offshore SAS certificate.
  • The EYC Coastal Cup (5/30/18) requires that the skipper and 30% of the crew have at least an Offshore SAS certificate.
  • Transpac 2019 requires that the skipper and 30% of the crew have an Offshore with Hands-on certificate.
  • Pac Cup 2018 requires that the skipper and 30% of the crew have an Offshore with Hands-on certificate.

This information is for your convenience only and is accurate based on our research but always check the Notice of Race provided by each race organizer.

Local SAS training opportunities for 2018

  • February 25th – Offshore Safety at Sea Seminar hosted by the YRA at Berkeley Yacht Club
  • TBD Pacific Cup Yacht Club will offer Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training at Encinal Yacht Club. It will be either a two-day classroom/hands on session or an online + one day classroom/hands on once that option becomes available. Please see www.pacificcup.org for more information.

Students may combine the 2/25 Offshore SAS with the Pacific Cup hands on portion or other hands on SAS offering as long as it is within one year.

A full list of all training opportunities across the US is available on the US Sailing web site