The Cruising Club of America (CCA) and Bermuda Race Foundation (BRF) are offering the US Sailing sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-On Training (in-person) course throughout the year. Successful completion of this course yields a World Sailing (formerly ISAF) Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course Certificate.

The CCA & BRF courses include the following elements in one fee: Two online courses (Online Offshore Safety at Sea Part One [Units 1-10] & Part Two [Units 11-15], the hands-on day, a hard copy textbook, and a one-year US Sailing membership or renewal.

The in-person day will be conducted at Roger William University in Bristol, Rhode Island and includes lunch.

The schedule for the in-person portion is listed below. Each in-person course is one day long. Two identical courses are scheduled on weekends to increase our capacity.

  • December 4 & 5
  • January 15 &16
  • February 12 &13
  • March 19 & 20
  • April 9 &10
  • May 7 & 8
  • June 14 (For Newport Bermuda Race only & requires CCA approval before registering)

We anticipate opening registration on September 23, 2021.

Please note that the US Sailing requirements for the International Offshore Safety at Sea with hands-on training certificate have changed. EVERYONE needs to complete the newly released, short 3-hour “Online Safety at Sea course part two (Units 11 – 15). This includes those that are refreshing (renewing) their certification. Therefore we will be offering three options:

  1. Option 1: For those that have not completed the International Offshore Safety at Sea with hands on training course. This option includes as a package:  the Online Offshore Safety at Sea course parts one and two (units 1 – 10 and units 11 – 15), the hard copy textbook for the course, the registration fees for US Sailing, a one-year US Sailing membership or renewal, and the one day in-person hands-on course
  2. Option 2: For those that need to “refresh” their expired certification or have already completed the Online Offshore Safety at Sea course part one (units 1 – 10). This option includes as a package:  the Online Offshore Safety at Sea course part two (units 11 – 15), the hard copy textbook for the course, the registration fees for US Sailing, a one-year US Sailing membership or renewal, and the one day in-person hands-on course
  3. Option 3: For those that have completed the Online Safety at Sea course part two (units 11 -15) and only need the hands-on portion. This option includes as a package:  the hard copy textbook for the course, the registration fees for US Sailing, a one-year US Sailing membership or renewal, and the one day in-person hands-on course

All staff, volunteers, and students will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for COVID-19 before attending the in-person day. There are no exceptions. We will be working with our venue, Roger Williams University, and our fleet surgeon to determine what additional procedures, e.g., wearing masks, may be necessary to safely conduct these courses. The health and safety of our students and instructors is our top priority.

Our goal for 2021 and 2022 is, together with other host organizations, to make sufficient Safety at Sea courses available to satisfy the needs of the 2022 Newport Bermuda Race.