26 Mar 15
The competitors and organizers of the 2017 America's Cup are planning to implement a series of rule changes to dramatically reduce team operational costs, primarily by racing in a smaller boat.
In 2003 ISAF introduced a standard basic syllabus for the training of safety courses in order to establish an International recognized qualification. The training requirements form part of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations. These course are run and established by ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) and conform to ISAF minimum standards. The following is a list of courses that are recognized:
A frequently asked question is whether an STCW 95 sea survival training is a permitted alternative. Ultimately what is acceptable is up to the race organizer however ISAF standard advice is NOT to accept STCW courses (however first aid course are accepted). The reason for this is that the STCW course is a commercial ship qualification and therefore does not contain sailing related items and recreational safety equipment.
The MNA currently has two approved centres:
The Croatian Sailing Federation ecognise the following centre to run courses on its behalf:
Zlatko Vodanovic and Šime Stipanicev
Podvrh 46, 2212 Tribunj, Croatia
Phone: +385 99 2304064
The Czech Sailing Association recognises the following centre to run courses on its behalf:
NYS (National Yachting School)
Antonina Prochazky 8
Stage de survie ISAF (ISAF Survival Course)
The FFVoile have been running sea survival training courses for a number of years, mainly for the larger Offshore events. However since 2003, as adopted by the ISAF, the FFVoile is running sea survival courses under the Offshore Special Regulations Appendix G, via various centres appointed by FFVoile to deliver appropriate training, with regular review as required by Appendix G.7.1.
Training Centre Location: http://www.ffvoile.net/ffv/web/services/securite/documents/centres_habilites.pdf
Contact: Patrick Lindqvist - Finnish Sailing Federation
The RYA have been running training course for a number of years at present they run two courses the one day 'RYA Basic Sea Survival Course' and 2 day (mimimum) 'RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course' only the latter course meets the requirements of the ISAF offshore special regualtions as a stand alone course.
Contact: Alfonso De Lucia - Italian Sailing Federation
The F.I.V at present has at present three centre approved:
Specialist Contact: Tony Wright Training Manager
Course Title: ISA Offshore Safety Course - http://www.sailing.ie/Training/ShorebasedTrainingCourses/SeaSurvival.aspx
The Malta Sailing Federation has joined up with the (Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology - Maritime Section) to offer training coursesMalta Sailing Federation
Swiss Sailing has delegated the organisation of Sea Survival courses to its member organisation the "Cruising Club of Switzerland (CCS)" More information on course are available on there website http://cruisingclub.ch/
Scandinavian Safety Training Centre (http://www.sstcab.se/) runs courses regularly in Karingoen and Stockholm and as a mobile solution. All courses are approved by Swedish MNA, the Swedish Sailing Federation. Available approved courses: ISAF Offshore personal survival course (and refresher courses) together with first aid training. The courses are normaly held in Swedish however training can also be held in English. SSTCAB also runs STCW courses for seafarers including HUET training that can simulate a capzing sailing boat.
A database of valid certificate holders can be found at the following link (http://www.ssf.se/tk/sakerhet/ISAF_Cert.asp)
The USA provides its 'safety at sea' seminars in several modules. In order to meet the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations Section 6 requirements one must take the "Classroom Presentations" (one day) module and the "Practical, Hands-On Training Seminar" (one day). An ISAF APPROVED OFFSHORE PERSONAL SURVIVAL COURSE CERTIFICATE (which is valid for five years) will be issued to all who attend both Safety at Sea and Hands-On Training Seminars and pass the final written exam, all in the same calendar year. This certificate is required by some US races and most Category 1 and 2 races that start outside the US. Some other US races require only the first day "Classroom presentations". A full list of course can be found at the following link http://offshore.ussailing.org/SAS/Seminars/SAS_Calendar.htmContacts: Dan Nowlan (Offshore Director) & Janine Ahmed Connelly (Training Director) - US SAILING