Safety at Sea seminar coming to Bainbridge Island

Seminar organizer Bob Schoonmaker talks about emergency communications on day one.

The Sailing Foundation will be offering the U.S. Sailing two-day Safety at Sea seminar on March 24 and 25, 2018 on Bainbridge Island, with an optional FREE “in water” Lifesling training session on Monday the 26th.

Taking place at Bainbridge High School and Bainbridge Aquatic Center, this informative and entertaining training program has  classroom and hands-on sessions designed to enhance your sailing skills as a crewmember and make you, your boat and crew safer. Experts Bruce Brown, Ken Fabert MD, Carol Hasse, Brad Baker and more have tailored their presentations to give you as much information as possible in the two-day experience. Days are long, but you’ll come out of each with a better understanding of the many topics covered.


Day one (Saturday) will be in a classroom setting where instructors will educate attendees on topics including heavy weather sail selection and use, man overboard and safety gear, damage control and repair, assistance to other vessels, safety communication devices and EPIRBs, personal safety gear, heavy weather techniques, abandon ship and life raft procedures, medical emergencies, and weather forecasting. There will also be a discussion on what lessons U.S. Sailing has learned from studying various tragedies at sea and the nuances of each.

Day two (Sunday) will take participants through hands-on scenarios in pyrotechnics and fire fighting, and then into the pool for life raft deployment and entry training. Classroom sessions that day delve into medical scenarios and kits, weather routing, sail repair and maintenance, and Lifesling training.

Seminar Info:

By participating in and completing the seminar, attendees will earn a certificate from U.S. Sailing that can be used when racing offshore and internationally.

Membership in The Sailing Foundation is included in the fee. The fee covers lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, course materials and a box lunch. To ensure good contact between the students and the presenters, each break-out session is limited to 25 students.

And while these SAS seminars are a requirement for participation in events like Vic-Maui, Van Isle 360, Swiftsure and others, the weekend learning event is great for cruisers that are looking to learn more about on-the-water safety.

Register here. You’ll learn a lot.

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