RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival

RGN D14

D14.1 Introduction

The Recognised Training Centre (RTC) must also hold recognition for RYA/MCA Basic Sea Survival courses.  

Centres running this course may also run the one-day, five yearly update course.  

Centres outside the UK may be required to provide a letter of support from its MNA for delivering training for the RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Certificate, unless a precedent already exists.

D14.2 Certification available

RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Certificate.

D14.3 Minimum course duration

Initial course: Two days - One day RYA/MCA Basic Sea Survival course plus one day covering heavy weather sailing, emergency procedures and offshore special regulations.
Five yearly refresher course: One day in line with the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (see Related articles).

D14.4 Award criteria

Continual assessment during course

D14.5 Instructor qualification

RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Instructor;

OR a combination of:

  • an RYA Sea Survival Instructor for the Basic Sea Survival element including pool session,
  • an RYA Offshore Safety Instructor for the additional heavy weather, emergency procedures and offshore special regulations elements. 

D14.6 Student:instructor ratio

Maximum 16 students to one instructor. Maximum number of students must not exceed twice the liferaft capacity.

D14.7 Course materials

An outline course syllabus and structure can be found in the Training section of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (see Related articles). A detailed course plan is required prior to recognition being granted.

On successful completion of a course, the RTC must issue the student with the appropriate certificate and keep a record of the certificate at the centre.
Compulsory Recommended
RIOS RYA/WS Offshore Personal Survival Certificate
G43 Sea Survival Handbook
G133 Weather Handbook
Many of the publications and packs above are also available as eBooks. See the Recognised Training Centre Price List for details.

Training aids:
Visual aids appropriate to the course should be provided along with materials such as handbooks, videos, animations and eBooks. Instructors should also provide their own additional training aids.

D14.8 Equipment

Refer to the Training section of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (see Related articles).