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 2013 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. Cruisers and racers will split up into separate optional training tracks that offer very specific hands-on, small group and actual in-water safety instruction. So whether you're looking for small group interaction with experts discussing voyage planning, vessel preparation and storm avoidance, or want to strap on a PFD, jump in the pool or earn an ISAF approved Offshore Personal Survival Course Certificate, the 2013 USNA Safety at Sea Seminar promises to be the most comprehensive in nearly three decades.
New for 2013 - Power Safety Through Seamanship
Expand your knowledge and develop confidence for your next cruise. Presented in conjunction with the Annapolis Safety at Sea Seminar, the course includes simulator practice, USCG rescue demonstrations, weather forecasting, medical for offshore and more. Sign up today.