The Offshore Personal Survival Training Course includes classroom and practical sessions. Practical sessions include in-the-pool training with life rafts and lifejackets. Participants will enter the water in wet weather gear, swim with and without lifejackets, inflate, right and board life rafts, and assist other participants with the drills. The training is physically demanding, requires the ability to swim and may be stressful. It is the responsibility of participants to be fit for the training. Participants who have any doubt about their ability to participate safely should consult their doctor and obtain medical approval in advance of the course.
Liability waiver and personal information consent forms
Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver - release agreement prior to participation.
Click here for the liability waiver - release agreement.
For the benefit of participants and event organizing authorities BC Sailing and Sail Canada may maintain a publicly-searchable database listing participant names, certificate numbers and certificate expiry dates. Participants will be requested to sign a personal information consent form.
Advance reading material:
Advance reading material will be delivered to the postal mailing address you provide during online registration. Participants are expected to review any advance material prior to the start of the course.
Clothing and personal safety equipment:
For sessions other than the in-the-water session, casual clothing is suitable. For the in-the-water session, participants are required to have a full set of wet weather gear including footwear, a functional lifejacket or PFD, and a re-arm kit (if using an inflatable PFD).
Using the same gear that you plan to sail offshore with is strongly recommended.
All clothing and gear must be clean and suitable for a public swimming pool. A change of clothing, a towel and a bag for carrying wet clothing and gear are also recommended. Rinse-down and change facilities are provided at the in-the-water session.
Refreshments and Meals:
Light refreshments (water, coffee, tea, snacks) will be provided.
* On days when the class times span the noon to 1:00 pm time frame, lunch will be provided.
Participants are responsible for other meals.