Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 08:00 to Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 17:45

CCA Safety at Sea Seminar

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 10 & 11, 2018


Where: Newport, RI

Registration opens in October 2017


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Newport, Rhode Island

Safety at Sea Seminar

Several courses are offered to best suit your requirements

Flow chart of courses

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Safety at Sea Classroom Seminar  (Saturday, March 10th)

The Saturday Safety at Sea seminar fulfills the requirement for one-day US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Seminars. It covers topics such as heavy weather, lessons learned from recent incidents, Bermuda Race regulations updates, marine weather, offshore communications, medical matters, man overboard prevention and recovery, crew preparation and training, essentials of damage control, personal safety equipment, and more.

World Sailing Practical Hands-on Training (Sunday March 11th)

Combined with the Saturday seminar or First Day International Offshore Safety at Sea Online Course, this yields the coveted World Sailing (formerly ISAF) Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course certificate.  Attendees will gain knowledge in the use of life rafts, boarding, and righting skills from experienced instructors. Flares and fire-fighting skills will also be covered. World sailing certification includes hands-on training with your PFD and inflation, as well as pool time with your inflated PFD in offshore clothing. An exam (passing grade of 80) is part of the certification process.


Man with inflated PFD

World Sailing Practical Hands-on Training Refresher (Saturday March 10th)

On Saturday sailors that need to refresh their existing ISAF/World Sailing certification may attend this one day session that consists of a half day seminar and a half day of practical hands-on training.


Optional sessions Also Available:

Newport Bermuda Race Preparation Seminar (Sunday March 11th)

 This half day seminar is aimed at sailors of all types especially those preparing for the race and those returning the boats home. This seminar features Bermuda Race veterans addressing many topics of concern.

 Medical Seminar (Sunday March 11th)

 The half day medical seminar is designed for medical officers on the vessel, and offers a comprehensive review of emergency medicine combined with a series of scenarios for interactive discussion  


NOTE: If you choose the option obtaining the World Sailing Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course certificate by doing the US Sailing Safety at Sea online course and World Sailing practical hands-on training refresher, you must complete the online course at least one week before the Saturday seminar to allow time for US Sailing to process your completion certificate. Your online course completion must be recorded by US Sailing before you may attend the Saturday refresher session. No exceptions. Please start early – the online course is comprehensive and has online examinations for each section. Experience shows it will take between 12 to 20 hours to complete the online course. This online course is available now at:


Questions about the CCA Safety at Sea Seminar?

The CCA’s Safety at Sea seminar, like the subject itself, is continuously developing. Anyone with questions about the seminar may contact the CCA organizers Gary and Leslie Schneider or Mark Lenci.