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Sea Safety and Survival Course

posted Dec 1, 2020, 5:15 PM by David Churchward

Thirteen JBCYC members attended the Sea Safety and Survival Course last weekend which was jointly organised by JBCYC and Pacific Sailing School. We were joined by 4 members of the Batemans Bay Sailing Club and 2 members of the Canberra Yacht Club. Terry Wise and John Gardner from Pacific Sailing School shared their knowledge and experience from their many years of sailing with the structure and content of the program meeting the requirements of the RYA Sea Survival curriculum. The course was held at Vincentia pool and Club Callala for the theoretical components. The content covered included:

  • Safety equipment and its organisation onboard
  • Safety procedures and requirements
  • Duty of Care considerations
  • MOB rescue procedures
  • Emergency procedures
  • Procedures for abandoning ship
  • VHF, GPS, DSC, EPIRB, PLB, AIS, SART, and Radar use with and associated distress procedures
  • Weather and heavy weather preparation of yachts

Practical exercises were held for:

  • Flares
  • Lifejacket use (floating for 3 hours in a pool with an inflated lifejacket is an interesting experience)
  • Rescue procedures
  • Life raft familiarity (launching, getting into it, and righting it are not as easy as you might think).


All those who attended considered the course to be invaluable. Our goal is that the knowledge gained from courses such as these will become a source of knowledge for all club members. Many thanks to all who attended and many thanks to Mikki Smythe for all the organisation and liaison. 


JBCYC hopes to keep offering upskilling opportunities across a range of topics in the future for the benefit of all our club members.