Instructions for the course:

Advanced Registration is now Closed.  We will take walk-in registrations on Saturday at Alumni Hall.  Please print and complete the registraion form and bring it along with a check to pay for the courses.


Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.



Please dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared to walk. Parking is located outside the Academy, approximately 1/2 mile from Alumni Hall and you will walk to the on-water demonstrations on Saturday, approximately a ten minute walk.  


If you are participating in Sunday's in-the-pool demonstrations, please bring: PFD, foul weather gear, boots (recommended not mandatory), tether, towel, trash bag or provisions for taking home your wet gear.



Due to continued security measures at the USNA, parking on the Yard is limited to cars with Department of Defense parking stickers only. Therefore we present the following option for parking in Annapolis.


The closest parking garage outside the Academy is the Bladen Street Garage located between Rowe and St. John's Street. Parking at the Bladen Garage is FREE on the weekends. The other parking garages in Annapolis are not FREE.  The walk to Alumni Hall is ½ mile, approximately 5-10 minutes. To get to the Bladen Street Garage from Route 50, take Exit 24A Rowe Blvd. Follow Rowe Blvd to Calvert Street, turn Left and enter the garage on your Left.  


USNA Security will ask to see a picture ID when you enter

Naval Academy grounds. Please Be Prepared!


From the Garage you can choose to walk: Follow St. Johns Street. To College Ave, turn Left. Follow College to King George Street, turn Right. Follow King George to Maryland Avenue, turn Left. Follow Maryland Ave. into the Academy at the Gate 3 security checkpoint, go straight to Decator, turn Left. Alumni Hall is on your Right.


Or, watch for an e-Cruiser. Small electric vehicles will be running from the parking garage to Gate 3. If you are staying in one of the areas hotels, they may provide a shuttle to Gate 3.


Everyone must check in - the US Sailing Certificate will be mailed to those who check in on the morning of March 29th.  The Certificate will be sent directly from US Sailing and will arrive in 3-4 weeks.   The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  Coffee will be available.

Annapolis Safety at Sea Seminars

For those seeking a US Sailing Safety at Sea certificate to comply with the Newport-Bermuda Race requirement, the one-day Saturday seminar is still available.  While we have designed the day to include some Newport-Bermuda race specific lectures, the event is an excellent tool for cruisers too.  The contents of the seminar meet the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations and include the following topics: care and maintenance of safety equipment, storm sails, damage control and repair, heavy weather, seamanship, ships/channels and right-of-way, man overboard prevention and recovery, hypothermia, weather forecasting, life rafts, life jackets, and USCG SAR and communications.  The Annapolis Safety at Sea Seminars also include LIVE MOB recovery demonstrations and weather permitting, a demonstration of a live USCG helicopter air-lift.  Speakers are industry specialists and have been selected by moderator Ralph Naranjo to provide a maximum amount of information in this day-long session.  The certificate earned is issued through US Sailing and is valid for five years.


The 1979 Fastnet Race disaster caused sailors around the world to rethink their approach to safety at sea. Officers, coaches and sailors at the US Naval Academy responded with the very first Safety at Sea Seminar, a learning experience that has grown into a Naval Academy tradition. Annually, over the last 31 years, sailors from across the country have participated in the continuously evolving event. Today, the program is jointly organized by the Naval Academy Sailing and the Maryland Marine Trades Association. And in late March or early April, just prior to the start of the sailing season, technical experts, premier ocean racers, adventure sailors and sail training professionals blend their expertise in what has become one of the most complete and comprehensive of US Sailing endorsed safety training seminars.

The 2014 event will once again expand the scope of the USNA safety training experience. The two day seminar will cater to both racing sailors and cruisers by offering a dual track curriculum during the advanced training on day two.

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Contact Information

Marine Trades Association of Maryland, Inc.

P.O. Box 3148
Port Annapolis Marina
Annapolis, Maryland 21403

Phone: 410-269-0741 | Fax: 410-626-1940