Sea Safety & Survival Course

It is a World Sailing requirement that  at least 50% of a crew including the skipper shall have undertaken the training on safety at sea in order to be eligible for entering offshore races.  In order to enable sailors to obtain the required qualification APY runs Sea Safety & Survival Courses on behalf of the Hong Kong Sailing Federation. Successful participants will receive a World Sailing certificate that will last for five years before further safety training is necessary.  This certificate will be accepted at other regattas where there is such a requirement.

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Pre-course Practical Requirements:The pool session can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of physical fitness e.g. 2 hrs of pool drills such as swimming in restrictive clothing, independent boarding of a liferaft, righting a liferaft, etc. All students must complete the pool exercises in order to receive a World Sailing certificate. Please contact APY if you have any doubts about your physical ability to complete the course e.g. physical limitations, medical conditions, pregnancy, etc.
Pre-course Theory Requirements:None
Location:RHKYC, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Course duration:2 days.
Language:English (special courses are run infrequently in Cantonese and Mandarin and these course are 2.5 days long due to the use of an interpreter)
Minimum age:16
What’s Included:Light lunch on both days and tea/coffee throughout the day.

RYA Sea Survival Handbook.

What’s Not Included:1. Wet weather protective clothing suitable for offshore.

2. Gas inflatable lifejacket (not buoyancy aid) that meets the ISO 12402-3 standard i.e:

- Gas inflation (manual or automatic).

- Leg/crutch straps.

Students not having access to a suitable offshore clothing or lifejacket can hire these from APY (can be add to order when booking the course).

Cost:HKD 2,800 for HKSF personal members, HKSF associated club or HKSF affiliated associations and HKD 3,200 for non-HKSF members.
Exam:Multiple choice questions in English. Please advise APY if you may need assistance in translation.
Award:HKSF World Sailing Sea Safety & Survival Course Certificate

Day 1

  • Course Registration @ 0850hrs.  Its essential that all students arrive on time for the course registration or you will be deemed not to have attended the full course.
  • Course Starts @ 0900hrs.
  • Lunch @ 1215hrs to 1300hrs.
  • Day Ends @ 1700hrs.

Day 2

  • Course Registration @ 0850hrs.  Its essential that all students arrive on time for the course registration or you will be deemed not to have attended the full course.
  • Pool Session @ 0900hrs to 1145hrs.
  • Lunch and Pool Session Debrief @ 1145hrs to 1230hrs.
  • Exam @ 1600hrs.
  • Course Ends @ 1700hrs.

Students must bring on the morning of the 2nd day:

1. Wet weather protective clothing suitable for offshore.
2. Gas inflatable lifejacket (not buoyancy aid) that meets the ISO 12402-3 standard i.e:

  • 150N Gas inflation (manual or automatic).
  • Leg/crutch straps.

Students not having access to a suitable offshore clothing or lifejacket can hire these from APY (can be add to order when booking the course).

If a student brings along clothing or a lifejacket not meeting the requirements above they will be required to hire the equipment from APY before they can proceed with the pool session.

Safety: Safety Ethos * Responsibilities * Crew Training * Safety Equipment * Communications Equipment * Care and Maintenance of Safety Equipment * Man Overboard Prevention and Recovery * Grab Bag Contents * Personal Care & Hygiene * Hot & Cold * Stability * Weather * Storm Sails * Heavy weather * Liferafts

Survival: MoB * Cold Water, Drowning & Hypothermia * Abandoning * Liferaft * Distress Communications * Damage Control & Repair * Fire Precautions and Fire Fighting * Pyrotechnics * Search Patterns * Giving Assistance * Hong Kong SAR Organization and Methods *

Practical: Safety Equipment * Lifejacket Servicing * Liferaft & Survival Techniques * Flares * Fire Extinguisher * Rig Cutting * MoB Recovery * Towing