Safety at Sea


April 2nd and 3rd, 2016

Annapolis Safety at Sea Seminars

For  those seeking a US Sailing Safety at Sea certificate to comply with the Annapolis-Newport or other offshore race requirements, the one-day Saturday seminar is available and gets you a US Sailing Certificate good for 5 years.   The event is an excellent tool for cruisers too, with a wealth of information on seamanship for both inshore and offshore passages.  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, man overboard prevention and recovery, hypothermia, weather forecasting, life rafts, life jackets, and USCG SAR and communications. Unique to the Annapolis event are 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 Chuck Hawley to provide a maximum amount of information in this day-long session.  

The two day seminar caters to both racing sailors and cruisers by offering a dual track curriculum during the advance training on day two.  The contents of the two-day racing seminar meets the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations training for Offshore Personal Survival and incudes the following hands'on topics:  life rafts, life jackets, fire training and USCG SAR and communications.  The certificate earned is also issued through US Sailing and is valid for five years.  The cruising seminar on day two offers comprehensive lectures in the morning on navigation and seamanship; wind, waves and ocean currents; cruise preparation; and ships, channels and right of way.  The afternoon session offers an interactive option to talk to experts in small groups or hands-on practical training in the pool on liferafts, life jackets and dewatering.


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 35 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.


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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