Becoming a Safety and Sea Survival Instructor

Safety and Sea Survival course participants range from novice to highly experienced, and any SSS instructor must be able to respond to questions at all levels.  The Instructor course is an intensive 3.5 day course involving theory and practical training with ongoing assessment.  During the final day of the course you will be expected to deliver a section of the syllabus which may include a pool session.


  • Experienced Offshore Sailing Instructor
  • Current Provide First Aid Certificate or higher
  • Current SSS Certificate
  • Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP)
  • Extensive experience of ocean sailing and heavy weather
  • Passion for Safety at Sea

How to express your interest in becoming a SSS Instructor? 

Please complete the application form below and provide a brief introduction to your reasons for wishing to become a SSS instructor.  Please include any personal experiences you feel that will be of value in the classroom.  A deposit will be required on application with the balance being due 4 weeks prior to the course commencement date.  All applicants will be notified and joining instructions will be sent to suitable candidates once payment has been approved. Australian Sailing reserves the right to decline applications from candidates that it considers unsuitable.

AS7 SSS Instructor Application Form

Maintaining your Qualification

The SSS instructor qualification is valid for three years.  To maintain the qualification instructors must:

  • have delivered a SSS Course within every three year period
  • hold a current Safety and Sea Survival Certificate (RPL may be available for Instructors)
  • hold a current First Aid Certificate and remain up to date with current protocols for treating victims of drowning, cold shock and hypothermia
  • be observed delivering part of a Safety and Sea Survival course (normally as part of a Training Centre review)
  • have paid their Australian Sailing annual renewal fee
  • stay up to date with current developments in the field

It is recommended SSS instructors attend the annual RYA and SSS Instructor Convention.  If unable as a minimum they should view any resources and updates provided on this website under 'instructor resources'.


SSS Instructor Frequently Asked Questions

SSS Instructor Resources

2016 RYA-AS & SSS Convention Information