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Safety At Sea Training at CCYC

CCYC offers U. S. Sailing sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea Hands-On Training. The course is open to all sailors.

Taking this important training will allow you to become a positive safety addition to your boat and crew mates! Additionally, the Chicago Mac Race requires that 50% of each boat's crew must hold a valid Safety At Sea certification, completed within the past 5 years.


CCYC's Moderator is Bill Biewenga. Bill has accumulated over 400,000sea miles including 41 transatlantic crossings, several TransPacs,numerous sailing speed records, deliveries and races as well asonboard participation in four round-the-world races.

Course Structure

CCYC offers the Hands-On training as a one day course, in two sessions.

The morning session is in the water at the Northwestern Universitypool and covers PFD and Life Raft usage. The pool is located at

Henry Crown Sports Pavilion
2311 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208.

The afternoon session covers flares, fire extinguishers, boat safety equipment and more. It takes place at the CCYC Clubhouse:

601 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613


Prior to attending the Hands-On course, participants must complete either

  • A US Sailing Sanctioned In-Person Offshore Safety at Sea Course - OR -
  • A US Sailing Online Offshore Safety at Sea Course

All participants must have a valid Offshore Safety at Sea certificate completed no more than 365 days before taking the Hands-on training.

Upon completion of this Hands-On training, provided the prerequisite has been approved, participants will be sent via email from US Sailing, a digital US Sailing International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands on Certification (this also complies with World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course guidelines). This Certification is valid for 5 Years.

Course Information

Each session is limited to (30) participants. The fee for the courseis $250, which includes:

  • Lunch and an afternoon snack
  • All facility fees, lectures, demonstrations, and course materials
  • US Sailing's 220 Page Safety at Sea Guide
  • Parking at both event locations.
  • A Discount Code which allows registering for the US Sailing Online Offshore SAS course for an additional $80.

Discounts are available for US Sailing and/or CCYC Members.

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For more information, please email Lisa Reiter


We'd like to say a big THANK YOU to our sponsors/donors:


US Sailing has announced that EVERYONE renewing an International Safety at Sea certificate MUST complete the additional, newly released International Online Safety at Sea Course Units 11-15 in order to be eligible to receive the new certificate as per policy approved in 2020 by US Sailing. This policy went into effect on January 1, 2021. The online course is available HERE 

2022 Schedule

Due to Covid-19, our SafetyAt Sea certification courses were cancelled for 2020 and 2021.

We hope to resume in the fall of 2022. Please check back for schedules and registration at the end of the summer.

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

601 W. Montrose Ave,
Chicago IL 60613

P: 773.334.9100