Offshore safety & survival training


Whether you are an offshore racer, a seasoned skipper or a crew member headed offshore, we invite you to learn how to prevent damages and injuries on a seagoing sailboat and how to react and lead a crew in emergency situations.
This intensive training includes participatory exercices and lectures, equipment demonstrations and practical exercises. Participants need to be in good physical condition as there will be wet drill in a pool, including emergency simulation training involving foul weather gear swimming and life raft boarding and righting.


MARCH 2019

Date & Time

 • Saturday March 9th  & Sunday March 10th

(2 courses : 1 in french & 1 in english)

8h30am-8h00pm (to be confirmed)


Collège Maisonneuve

(3800 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal)


FVQ Member : $475 + Membership

Non-member: $545

Sail Canada Instructor: $475





The participant must bring his own Personal Floating Device (PFD), one rearming kit if it is an inflatable one, and foul weather gear. Please take into account that it will be submerged in chlorinatedpool water then rinced after the end of the exercices.


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Training content
  • Selection, maintenance and inspection of security equipment suitable for offshore sailing:

      • PFD (traditional and inflatable), security harnesses and lifelines.
      • Life rafts, inflation and release mechanisms and casting off techniques.
      • Communications tools between craft, land and /or rest of the fleet.
      • Emergency signals and beacons used to facilitate search & rescue.
      • Fire prevention and fire-fighting equipment.
      • Storm sails, floating anchors, drogues and emergency rudders.

  • Man overboard prevention and recovery techniques
  • Weather forecasts: how to get them offshore, interpretation and proactive decision-making.
  • Heavy weather: how to prepare the crew and the boat on deck and inside.
  • Storm sails and heavy weather sailing: equipment and techniques to sail in strong winds and big waves with minmal damage and injury risk.
  • Damage control and repair: how to deal with water ingress, fire, grounding and dismasting.
  • Hypothermia: how to prevent it onboard, in the water and in the life raft.
  • Deploying, righting and boarding a life raft.
  • Serach and rescue and providing assistance to another boat
  • Abandoning ship: when, why, and how.


This training meets ISAF requirements and is designed to prepare skippers and crewmembers to minimize risks and injuries on board and react promptly to damages and emergencies at sea. The training is adapted to modern sailing technology, either cruising or racing. All instructors are survival at sea experts, experienced seamen and professional sailing instructors with proven teaching skills. All instructors have been trained by Canada's leading offshore racers and experienced sea survival instructors.


For any questions:

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(514) 252-3097.









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