The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Safety at Sea Seminars

Rob Murray

Beneteau First 435 Sloop
October 28th, 2018

Because it’s a Vic-Maui/Pacific Cup year, safety at sea seminars are again being held in the northwest. These seminars are required for the crew in these races and are recommended for cruisers, so spaces are limited!

The seminars are being held in both Canada and the US and are designed to provide participants with a better sense of how to react during emergencies at sea. They are unique in that they involve hands-on use of emergency equipment like life rafts and PFDs in a pool. The content of the seminars, in both the USA and Canada, is substantially identical, as one would expect in a world-wide sailing approved course. However, the US seminars usually offer hands-on use of pyrotechnics (typically impossible to arrange in Canada) and a live demonstration of a USCG helicopter dropping and retrieving a rescue swimmer.

BCA cruisers who have taken the seminar have found it a very useful confidence booster.

Seminars being are held at:

These seminars fill up, register early!


  1. Jennifer Handley says:

    The Vancouver BC course sold out at the beginning of October. Another course has been added in Victoria on March 23-24, 2019; registration opens Dec 1 (

  2. David Greer says:

    I did Safety at Sea two years ago. Wished I had done it sooner. Learning how to get into a life raft while in the water by practicing in a pool was one of many highlights for me.

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