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January 2017


Australian Sailing Sea Survival Course has a five year expiry. REVALIDATION course is a one day process, eleven courses scheduled in 2017.
Marine First Aid course has a three year expiry. Revalidation including CPR is a one day process, ten courses scheduled for 2017.
STCW95/10 Course of Safety Training has a five year expiry and the revalidation course is a two day process which includes Fire and BA training as well as Survival training. Nine courses scheduled in 2017


December 2016


Australian Sailing Sea Survival Certificate has an expiry date of five years from date of issue. It can be easily revalidated by attending a one day revalidation course. Course dates appear hereunder.
STCW95 and STCW10 Course of Safety Training Certificate expire five years from date of issue. If you are working internationally (Not on an Australian registered ship) you can revalidate by attending our two day STCW10 revalidation course. Course dates appear hereunder.
Marine First Aid course (HLTAID 003) has an expiry date of three years. To revalidate we recommend our one day MFA course which includes CPR. Course dates appear hereunder


November 2016


Sea Survival, Marine First Aid and Marine Radio licences are mandatory for all competitors in the races before year's end. Indeed these qualifications are highly recommended for all offshore sailors. BOOK NOW to secure a place for courses in Brisbane and Sydney in 2016


October 2016


We will be scheduling IMO compliant STCW10 revalidation courses in both Brisbane and Sydney from January 2017. Participants must hold IMO compliant STCW 95 certification. Course will run over two and a half days and includes Shipboard Fire Fighting, Maritime Security Awareness and Personal Survival Techniques. Cost will be $1100pp. Course dates and locations will be published on our web site from November 2016


September 2016


Now called Australian Sailing from July 1 2016 with a new web address www.sailing.org.au And the Blue Book goes on line, and its free, 2016-2020 version now available, go to www.sailing.org.au/blue-book-online And the Sea Safety Course for racing Sailors Revalidation course of one day's duration has been simplified. We are running one day Revalidation courses almost every month in Manly, Brisbane and Mosman, Sydney


August 2016


July in an Olympic year is the time when the Racing Rules of Sailing are normally updated and available in hard copy from your yacht club and retailers. Sailing Australia (formerly Yachting Australia) have advised that it is now available on line at www.sailing.org.au/blue-book-online and it's FREE. Remember there are a number of changes to the Special Regulations which are relevant to racing and these are covered in our courses, especially the two day Sea Safety Course. Remember, an untrained crew member is a liability to trained crew, in an emergency


July 2016


Alex Whitworth has played a significant role in delivering our Sea Safety course over an extended period of time. His yacht Berrimilla 2, a spartan Brolga 33 is for sale, along with an extensive inventory of equipment.

(Click here for photo and details)


June 2016


Many yachtsmen opt for the bit of paper that comes from the online qualification saving both time and money. If that’s all you think you need as an offshore sailor, think again. We have developed a 10 hour, one day, competency based, marine specific first aid course, aimed at the offshore sailor. We have been refining what you need to know for over a decade, and continue to do so. This certification meets requirements of Yachting Australia for all Category One yacht races, Australian Workplace requirements, AMSA Exemption 18 requirements, STCW10, and the RYA Yachtmasters requirements for commercial endorsement. Our trainers are all registered nurses, with extensive emergency nursing expertise. Additionally, they understand the maritime environment and have years of training experience. Every course is fully subscribed well in advance of course date. Only one course each alternate month in Brisbane, then Sydney.


May 2016


Meeting the requirements of Yachting Australia for racing and cruising offshore, this course covers both personal safety and use of equipment as well as practical use of life jackets, life rafts , distress flares, EPIRBS and PLB’s and DSC long range and short radios. Racing sailors will gain insights to the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2016-19 due out July 1 2016.  Professional mariners will learn about important Nationally Harmonized Workplace Laws, and how these laws may affect you. Cruising sailors now make up over 50% of course attendees. This training is supported by extensive works shops and case studies on Heavy Weather Sailing and Crew Overboard .This two day course is delivered by professional mariners with extensive small sail boat experience from Antarctica to the Equator. Mandatory for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht (near coastal) race and other Cat 1, 2 & 3 events. RYA /MCA certification is also issued to all attendees passing the exam. Recommended for all offshore cruising yachtsmen/women on monohull and multihull vessels. This is a recreational qualification, recognised Internationally.



This two day competency based course is part of the National Maritime Training Package 2013 and is part of the General Purpose Hand qualification for which we are ASQA Scoped thru our Recognised Training Organization, STCW Sea Safety Training Australia, RTO 40495. Covering basic sea safety on Near Coastal power and sail vessels, attendees will be qualified to obtain employment in the Maritime industry nationally. This is a commercial/vocational qualification, recognised nationally.



This five day course is part of the International Maritime Organizations requirement for working on all vessels greater that 24m and carrying passengers and/or cargo between countries, sail and/or power. There are five units to this qualification including Fire Fighting and Shipboard Breathing Apparatus training: Maritime Security Awareness: Marine First Aid: Personal Survival Training and Personal Safety & Social Responsibility. Delivered by three highly qualified instructors, each a specialist in their fields, this is the entry level sea safety qualification for SUPER YACHTS specifically in the international sector but also applies to any vessel over 300GRT working internationally. This is a commercial qualification, recognised internationally and on some vessels nationally.

ONE DAY YA SSSC Revalidation Courses Now Hassle Free

YA have lifted all previous restrictive conditions regarding Sea Safety Revalidation for racing sailors . This one day course will bring you up to date with the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2016 to 2020 and update your technical knowledge about new life rafts, marine radios, life jackets and nationalized Workplace Laws. BUT we can only offer places to participants who book seven days in advance of the published course dates due to the logistical issues involved in the revalidation process.

Your YA SSS certificate expires 5 years from date of issue and you can attend any revalidation course prior to, or after expiry, the only condition is that you have attended a full two day course beforehand.


April 2016

ONE DAY YA SSSC Revalidation Courses Now Hassle Free

YA have lifted all previous restrictive conditions regarding Sea Safety Revalidation for racing sailors . This one day course will bring you up to date with the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2016 to 2020 and update your technical knowledge about new life rafts, marine radios, life jackets and nationalized Workplace Laws. BUT we can only offer places to participants who book seven days in advance of the published course dates due to the logistical issues involved in the revalidation process.

Your YA SSS certificate expires 5 years from date of issue and you can attend any revalidation course prior to, or after expiry, the only condition is that you have attended a full two day course beforehand.


March 2016


Headline The Australian Jan 8 2016
Why is this still happening? Deaths in yacht racing events have been significantly reduced due to mandatory training requirements for competitors, resulting in a higher level of situational awareness amongst crew. The victim, the helmsman, was reportedly not wearing a life jacket, harness or tether during weather reportedly in excess of 45knots with 8 metre waves. This life was lost during the return voyage (post-race). Deliveries, and whilst cruising, is a time when crew skills sets are not as stringent and manning levels are lower. Our Sea Safety and Survival training will raise crew skill sets and improve situational awareness.

These deaths are avoidable.

Don’t let your guard down.


January 2016


It’s is not a video game, and if you have it fitted, you have serious obligations under the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea. If you have invested five thousand dollars in a radar set, investing a few hundred in learning how to use it makes common sense. What are radars limitations in collision avoidance? Do you know your sets effective range? It’s not what's written on the box it came in, but on the height of your antenna and the height of the target. And AIS is a far better investment for recreational yachtsmen, requiring no training or interpretation, or knowledge of the Collision Regulations. And mobile phone apps are often not in real time.

Learn what you need to know about RADAR and AIS.


December 2015


Won’t happen to you, right? If you sail offshore, you are obviously more than 11 minutes from the nearest ambulance service. If you attend a normal first aid course you only learn enough to stabilize an injured crewperson until the ambos arrive. This is simply not good enough at sea. We will train you to a much higher standard, with a course of 10 hours, one day duration, focussed on marine injuries, delivered by an experienced emergency nurse instructor with over 30 years of front line emergency medical experience. That’s maritime medical experience, teaching ships' captains, and offshore maritime professionals. Learn how to suture wounds, give injections and use the equipment carried by wise offshore sailors. No previous training necessary, ideal for cruising couples and racing sailors,


November 2015

We are conducting six Sea Safety and Survival (including a one day YA revalidation course) before this year's Hobart and Coffs yacht races. But our courses in both Brisbane and Sydney are filling fast, book online,
NO DEPOSIT required. Delivered by very experienced offshore yachtsmen, with global sailing experience, including Cape Horn, Antarctica, the North West Passage.
Be it racing or cruising on mono or multi-hull vessels, we can provide practical advice for the offshore sailor, as well as RYA/YA qualifications for ISAF Category Zero, 1,2 and 3 yacht races.
Last chance for MARINE RADIO LRC and SRC (HF and VHF DSC) radio qualifications before the system changes to CBT.


October 2015

A Unique Student Identifier Number will be necessary for all students participating in our Marine First Aid Course from October 2015 and all Marine Radio courses from January 2016. These certificates of competence are now falling within the federal governments Vocational Training Scheme regulations. More info at http://usi.gov.au/ Last chance for ISAF Sea Survival certification; Marine First Aid; Marine Radio certification before Hobart and Coffs yacht races in Brisbane and Sydney.

It is clear to us that an untrained crew is a liability to trained crew in an emergency.


September 2015

Sea Survival training for mariners and relevant certification takes three forms; International shipping and super yacht crew require IMO STCW 10 certification. Shipboard Safety Skill Set is the prerequisite for, crew on near coastal vessels in Australia and for all General Purpose Hands, Coxswains and above, under the AMSA administrated Australian Maritime Training Package 2014. Yachtsmen on sailing craft both racing and cruising, should have ISAF-YA-RYA-MCA Sea Survival certification. We deliver all three qualifications and details of each course is on our web site.

It is clear to us that an untrained crew is a liability to trained crew in an emergency.


August 2015

It’s the experience of the instructors that give credibility to our Sea Survival Courses. Two circumnavigations in small sailing boats, one via the North West Passage (Alex Whitworth), two trips to Antarctica under sail, square rig ship command, small ship command < 500GRT (Gerry Fitzgerald), all add to the content of our courses, which cannot be matched within the Yachting Australia Sea Survival accreditation system. Our vast cruising and racing experience in power, sail and multihull brings to the classroom valuable insights for the recreational offshore boater.
That’s why many yacht owners chose Offshore Maritime Training Australia for whole of crew training Sea Survival; Marine First Aid and Marine Radio Licensing.


July 2015

YA Revalidation Now Simpler

From July 1 2015 the YA SSSC revalidation process is now much simpler. You can revalidate at any time after expiry and you do not need to produce proof of sea miles and time at sea to attend the revalidation course. It’s an eight hour process and also we include training in how to use the new compact red hand flares, which have proved to be very dangerous, if not fully extended!


June 2015

Marine Radio Course Training Is Changing

The Australian Government has changed the licences and the syllabus for marine radio licencing used by Australian mariners, effective late 2015.
If you have a marine radio installed or use a hand held marine radio, you must hold a licence to operate the transceiver. Two of the new licences are called the SRC (Short Range Certificate), previously known as the MROCVPC or VHF licence, and the LRC (Long Range Certificate), previously known as the MROCP or HF licence. These are the qualifications you will need as a deckhand operating unsupervised, General Purpose Hand, Coxswain, Master less than 24 meters and above, RYA Yachtmaster and as competitor in Category 1 & 2 & 3 yacht races.
The government is introducing a simple on-line VHF licence called the AWQ (Australian Waters Qualification) which will not be recognized internationally, but will need applicants to be personally assessed for competence by a certified workplace trainer and assessor employed by a Registered Training Organization scoped/approved by ASQA.


May 2015

Diesel Course a Real Benefit

During the recent weather event in Sydney a client with a boat in the harbour, on a swing mooring, had to move it to a more secure location. He is a racing sailor and only keeps a small amount of fuel in his tank. The tank was near empty and the fuel had been agitated by the waves in the 40+kts winds. His email reads “Never had to change a filter or bleed the fuel system in the 12 years I have owned the boat, let me tell you I was glad I did the diesel engine maintenance course! A real benefit. Got it done in record time, at night, and moved it to a secure mooring. It would have ended up on the beach or worse still, the rocks. Thanks Gerry.”


March 2015

YA Revalidation Course

It’s only available to those who have completed a full course in the last five years! Conditions for attendance apply: YA require that if your certificate has expired you must have logged 2500nm sea miles and your SSS certificate must not be expired by more than 12 months.


January 2015


Recently a sailing friend contacted me and expressed concern that during a sailing trip up the coast they experienced a fire on board resulting in a crew member being seriously burned about 150 nm from the nearest safe haven, Gladstone. Not only did the crew panic because they didn't know how to deal with the engine fire, but also they reacted poorly through lack of training in dealing with this dual fire and medical emergency.

My experience is that the longer you are out there, the more certain I am that everything will happen to you!


April 2014

Report on Training Incident

Please find below a link to the report on the training incident which occurred on March 2, 2014.

Flare Incident Report


July 2013

New Wet Drill Training Facility in Brisbane

Our Brisbane vocational and recreational training facilities have been improved significantly by the recent opening of a new diving and swimming facility in the Brisbane suburb Chandler in Brisbane, which will now be used for all life raft and personal survival training conducted by Offshore Maritime Training Australia in Brisbane.

The Olympic standard pool with AIS diving facilities is heated and located within 10 minutes of our STCW10, ESS, and RYA/ISAF and YA SSS training room at Manly Brisbane Location

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March 1 2013

New Web Site Launched

Since we commenced marine training in 1995 there have been many advances in recreational marine training and our new on line booking system and web site reflects our response to customer needs. Offshore Maritime Training Australia has specifically supported the recreational boating market with training products which are relevant to the offshore sailor. It’s the quality of the content and the experience of the instructors that makes the difference. We conduct training nationally with training facilities in Mosman, Sydney and Manly, Brisbane and in the People’s Republic of China in various locations. We hope that our new web site simplifies your booking experience. You will only have to fill in the booking details once, every subsequent booking will be very simple. Log in and select your course. We will remind you when your certification is about to expire and if you need to requalify/revalidate .Email us with your feedback about your booking experience.


Offshore Maritime Training and its commercial arm, STCW Sea Safety Training Australia deliver all levels of sea safety training and certification. Do it once and we RPL you to the next qualification. One wet drill one flare drill one safety course saves you $1000’s of dollars and lots of time. ISAF SSSC training exempts you from PST at ESS/GPH and STCW 10 levels. STCW 10 course gets you ocean racing qualifications (RYA/ISAF/MCA) and “near coastal” ESS certification.

MFA exempts you from Elementary First Aid at IMO-STCW and ESS and GPH level and its RYA/ISAF and YA compliant for ocean racing .It is also Australian Work Cover compliant HLTFA 311A and its TAX Deductable in Australia. But only if you do your basic training with us.

We are the only MARITIME TRAINING CENTRE in Australia offering training and assessment and certification at IMO/STCW Blue Water and ESS Near Coastal and ISAF-MCA/ SSSC Ocean racing levels. Do it once and it’s done for all levels of marine training certification.


August 30 2012

New Vocational Training Arm Launched

When the Australian Maritime Safety Authority announced in 2009 that there was to be one regulator in Australia for vocational maritime qualifications and that marine qualifications were to be uniform nationally from April 1 2013, the writing was clearly on the wall for the marine industry specifically the sail segment, which has enjoyed significant relaxations from state regulators in NSW and Queensland.

After 10 years as a significant national recreational marine training centre, Offshore Maritime Training has taken the commercial decision to become a Registered Training Organization within the new national vocational training framework (ASQA) with our focus on VOCATIONAL MARITIME QUALIFICATIONS within the new maritime training package to be issued in early 2013.

ASQA accreditation was issued to this new entity in August 2012.

Our scope currently includes Marine First Aid HLTFA 311A and ESS/GPH. On release of the TILSC MTP 13 in 2013 we will deliver Coxswain 1,2,3 and Master 5 and well as MED 2&3 from our base in Manly Brisbane.

STCW Sea Safety Training Australia RTO number 404495 is a joint venture between Gerry Fitzgerald (see about us) and David Breckenridge formally of the Australian Maritime College Launceston . David is a professional Marine Engineer and unrestricted Master 4. He holds the unique position of being responsible, thru AMC, for inviting the RYA to establish their training programmes in this country .

All MFA certification is issued by SSSTA and the first ESS training commenced February 25 2013 at Manly Brisbane .

A separate web site for this entity is under development.


A Short History Of The RYA In Australia

Widespread dissatisfaction with the way Yachting Australia was taking Sail Training during 2002 sowed the grounds for Principals of sail training centres to look towards the RYA in the UK for direction. I was a student at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston undertaking Master 4 assessment and training around this time and David Breckenridge was a lecturer responsible for developing the MCA master 500 GRT programme in Australia.

The MCA prerequisite was course entrants must hold MCA master 200 GRT known as RYA Yachtmaster, but RYA programmes were not readily available in Australia at this time. David and Steve Wilkins, from AMC explored the possibility of setting up the RYA scheme in Australia thru existing dissatisfied YA training centres.

The rest is history: David invited James Stevens the Chief Instructor for the RYA to come to AMC in Launceston in 2003 and my role was to invite various YA Principals down to Launceston to discuss the introduction of the RYA scheme with the AMC and James.

Gordon Syme of Yachtmaster Sail Training in Melbourne, Deb McCauley from East Sail in Sydney, and myself attended this historic occasion and this was soon followed by the first RYA Yachtmaster Instructor course in Launceston conducted by Mike Diamond and Herr Grimm and attended by Jane Hardie, East Sail; Gordon Syme, Yachtmaster Training; Mike Job, Southern Cross Yachting; Dave Breckenridge, AMC; Steve Wilkins, AMC; and Gerry Fitzgerald, Offshore Maritime.

Over the next three years the RYA appointed Penny Haire from the UK to be domiciled in Brisbane and develop the RYA scheme nationally.

On Thursday 13 th July 2006 the British High Commissioner the Rt Hon Helen Liddell invited a range of people to attend the official launch of the RYA in Australia in the presence of Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, President of the RYA , at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney.

It’s fair to say that the board of Yachting Australia had opposed the establishment of RYA training schemes in Australia up to this time.

Inevitably Yachting Australia signed an agreement with the RYA to manage the RYA scheme in Australia and this continues to this day .

Recognition of RYA qualifications by state maritime authorities on the back of pre-existing MoUs with Yachting Queensland and YNSW followed.

From April 1, 2013 the Australian Maritime Safety Authority assumes responsibility for marine qualifications and this recognition has been withdrawn and replaced with AMSA EX18 the Marine Safety (Sail) Exemption 2014 which recognises the RYA Yachtmaster qualification for sailing vessels < 24 m..