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 2017 will be an on-line offering available through US Sailing, as well as an in-person course at some boat shows and smaller venues. The online version is currently unavailable but is scheduled to be back up and running after January 31, 2017.

Offshore SAS is done in a classroom setting and was the only option as of a few years ago.

Offshore with Hands-On training will be offered as a two-day in classroom/hands-on seminar and will be offered in 2017 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 (3/18/17) 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 (4/8/17) requires that the skipper have at least a Coastal SAS certificate.
  • OYRA (9 race series, first race 4/22/17) requires that the skipper and 30% of the crew have at least a Coastal SAS certificate.
  • SSS (first offshore race 5/20/17) requires that the skipper have at least a Coastal SAS certificate.
  • The SFYC/MPYC Spinnaker Cup (5/26/17) requires that the skipper and 30% of the crew have at least an Offshore SAS certificate.
  • The EYC Coastal Cup (5/29/17) requires that the skipper and 30% of the crew have at least an Offshore SAS certificate.
  • The SoCal 300 required in 2016 that the skipper and 30% of the crew have at least a Coastal SAS certificate. Please refer to NOR for 2017.
  • Transpac 2017 (first start 7/3/17) requires that the skipper and 30% of the crew have at least an Offshore SAS certificate, Offshore with Hands-on is recommended for 2017 and will be required in 2019.
  • Pac Cup 2018 will require that the skipper and 30% of the crew have an Offshore with Hands-on certificate for 2018.

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 2017

  • February 12th – Offshore Safety at Sea Seminar hosted by the SF Bay Offshore Yacht Racing Assn. (OYRA) at Berkeley Yacht Club
  • April 7-8th – Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club http://www.sfyc.org/training
  • April 9-10th – Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club http://www.sfyc.org/training
  • April 29-30th 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 2/12 Offshore SAS with the 4/29 or 4/30 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