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The Cruising Club of America offers the International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-On Training course at various dates throughout the year. Successful completion of this course yields a World Sailing (formerly ISAF) Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course certificate.

“The art of sailing, maneuvering, and preserving a ship or a boat in all positions and under all reasonable circumstances.”

Whether it's a return from Bermuda, Hawaii, or some other venue, the return voyage requires at least as much consideration as the outbound leg.

In addition to courses offered through sailing organizations, including Safety for Cruising Couples and sanctioned Safety at Sea seminars, many private enterprises offer coursework that may be suitable for you. The list below is not exhaustive.

Stay on the boat. However, accidents happen. Here are resources for avoiding an overboard incident, procedures for responding to one, and gear and practices that may make your recovery safer and surer.