June 6 & 7, 2015

Maximum of 12 Participants for this course. Register Early!

This Regatta Safety Officer Training Program was developed to enhance the experience of competitors at regattas.

It has evolved from a system of practices developed at CORK and has proven to work efficiently and effectively.  References to CORK throughout this course are for examples only.

The course is sponsored by Ontario Sailing, CORK / Sail Kingston and Kingston Yacht Club.  It will be conducted over two days and will result in certification.

The Certificate will be recognized and provided by Ontario Sailing.

Successful completion of the theoretical training on Saturday and the on-water practical session on Sunday will provide the participants with two of the three steps toward a Regatta Safety Officer Certificate.

Volunteering as an Assistant Regatta Safety Officer at a pre-approved regatta will complete the process which will result in a Safety Officer Certificate.

Participants must register through the Ontario Sailing Website and pay the participant fee of $103.96.  This fee includes tax and a printed safety manual written by Geoff Webster.

Maximum of 12 Participants for this course. Register Early!

Register at   https://ontariosailing.ca/application/index.php?action=member.formList before May 29th, 2015.


The in-class theory session will be conducted at Kingston Yacht Club Saturday June 6th, 2015 beginning at 9:00 am.  Lunch menu will be available at KYC.

The on-water practical skills session will be conducted at CORK / Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on Sunday June 7th, 2015.  PFD and foul weather gear will be necessary.

All participants must have a valid PCOC card!

Maximum of 12 Participants for this course. Register Early!

Course Outline

  1. Background and Purpose
  2. Acronyms
  3. Regattas and Structure
  4. CORK Model
  5. Safety Boats
  6. Equipment
  7. Racing
  • Boats
  • Sailing Courses
  • Signals and Sequences
  • Race Officials
  1. Radio Protocols
  2. Ratio Safety Boats / Fleet
  3. Coaches and Spectators
  4. First Aid Tips
  5. Rescue Techniques
  6. Qualifications
  7. Certification Process
  8. References and Links
  9. On-water
  • Heaving line
  • Driving / Manoeuvering
  • Docking
  • Towing
  • Mast Walk
  • Other Rescue Techniques
  1. Evaluation – on-going throughout program
  2. Summary and Feedback

Participants should be prepared to do some preparatory work prior to arriving at the course.  Material will be sent via email or pick-up via Drop Box.