The Sailing Foundation will be hosting a US Sailing International Offshore Hands-on Safety at Sea Seminar on Sunday, February 13, 2022 on Bainbridge Island.

The seminar will be a “hybrid” course; students will first complete online modules, then do the one day hands-on training. Once registration goes live, an update will be posted on the Safety at Sea page, and an email with a link to sign up will be sent out to the Safety at Sea mailing list (sign up to be on the mailing list on the Safety at Sea Page here: This course has filled up quickly in years past, and it’s expected that this one to as well. If you want to do it, save the date, sign up to be notified, and then don’t wait to register.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required prior to registration.

Per US Sailing, ALL attendees that are seeking to receive the International Offshore Safety at Sea Certificate that meets World Sailing Guidelines for Personal Safety (either through a 2 day In-Person course with hands-on training; or the one-day Hands-on Only course; or a Refresher Course) MUST take the Online International Offshore Safety at Sea course (Units 11-15) prior to attending your course. NO EXCEPTIONS. This requirement was mandated by the Safety at Sea Subcommittee for any course held scheduled from January 1, 2021 onward.

The seminars, designed and conducted by sailors, all experts in their fields, provide novice and experienced mariners with information and skills required to prepare for sailing offshore, boat preparation, handling heavy weather, recommended safety equipment, and emergencies at sea.

The hands-on Sunday session includes training with in-the-water demonstrations, key survival tactics, man-overboard recoveries, flare procedures and helicopter evacuation. The session is accompanied by in-depth discussions and provides a logical preparation step for those sailors seriously preparing for independent, self-sufficient offshore sailing — both racing and cruising.