On Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, the Marine Trades Association of Maryland will present the 38th annual Annapolis Safety-at-Sea Seminar. Nationally presented by Cruising World magazine, Sailing World magazine, US Sailing, and Landfall Navigation, this two-day event takes place in Alumni Hall at the U. S. Naval Academy.
The Safety-at-Sea seminar provides options for two days of learning. Saturday focuses on large group seminars and discussions, plus the exciting live U. S. Coast Guard on-the-water helicopter rescue, life raft and signal flare demonstrations. The day concludes with an opportunity to visit with the presenters at the evening reception. Participation in the first day of the seminar will qualify registrants for US Sailing certificate. Sunday has two tracks: The World Sailing (International Sailing Federation) Certification. This involves hands-on training where participants can simulate an abandon ship scenario by getting into their choice of gear/PFDs and jumping into a pool, swimming to an inflated life raft and hauling themselves into the raft. The World Sailing Certification requires a test at the end of Sunday and full participation in both days of the event. The second track is the Cruising Track with the option to have hands-on training with safety gear (Practical) or small group discussions (Interactive).
Moderator Chuck Hawley has assembled a team of sailors and industry experts who will address safety issues that include crew overboard recovery, life raft deployment, the maintenance of safety equipment, search and rescue options and the Sunday session on communications equipment that link victims and rescuers. The on-the-water Saturday session will include demonstrations of crew overboard recoveries, helicopter rescues, and a pyrotechnic flare display.
Featured this year will be presentations from Steve D’Antoinio on damage control. Capt. J. K. Loutit (Kip), USCG ret. will return and address Safety Equipment needed. Jahn Tihansky will discuss the details of rescues and what is entailed when a vessel declares “Mayday”. Back by popular demand, the seminar will again offer an afternoon weather seminar featuring Joe Sienkiewicz and Gina Henderson. Dr. Dan Carlin will present Emergency Medical Care and Hypothermia on Saturday. He will discuss questions ranging from how to treat contusions and why it’s important to understand the dire implications of hypothermia. Whether it is a rare cone shell sting or a common sea nettle encounter – allergic reactions are a part of the marine environment and need to be treated effectively. This year’s seminar will address the needs of offshore racers and cruisers as well as provide important safety tips for those whose boating interests remain much closer to home.
Tickets are available online at mtam.org for $175 for Saturday only, which includes an evening reception with the speakers and $225 for the two day advanced cruising session. The two day ISAF Certification session is $325. Refreshments and a box lunch will be provided each day as part of the ticket price. The ISAF certification portion of the program is capped and seating for the popular two day event is limited; therefore, early registration is strongly advised. Ticket and event information may be obtained through the Marine Trades Association of Maryland P.O. Box 3148, Annapolis MD 21403 on mtam.org or by telephone at 410-269-0741.
Endorsed by the U. S. Coast Guard and originally designed for Academy Midshipmen 38 years ago following the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race, the popular Safety-at-Sea Program has been credited with saving countless lives. Life saving know-how is useful not only for those who have never ventured offshore, but for those who make offshore passages regularly. The national Safety-at-Sea programs have become required attendance for those planning to participate in the Annapolis to Newport, and the Annapolis to Bermuda race. Whether racing or cruising, power or sail the Safety-at-Sea program heightens the importance of safety training for everyone on the water.