The Storm Trysail Club is running a full-day hands-on Safety At Sea seminar at SUNY Maritime College on April 18. This will be a hands-on seminar where up to 300 people will be taught safety skills including: sailing to and picking up a man overboard, setting storm sails, reefing a main sail, shooting off flares, fighting fires, drown-proofing while swimming in full foul weather gear, righting a lift raft, damage control, weather forecasting and more.
Attending the course meets the SAS requirements for the Bermuda Race, Marblehead to Halifax, Annapolis to Newport and if students opt to take and pass the test at the end of the day, they will earn the ISAF Safety At Sea Certification that is required for the Trans Atlantic Race, Fastnet Race as well as the Sydney Hobart Race.
This is the first-ever one-day class where students can earn ISAF certification. This is possible because the seminar will be supported by educational videos and online learning produced by Gary Jobson and US Sailing. The videos will cover required subjects and will be made available to attendees through the internet prior to the seminar itself. Students will be able to watch and study the videos as many times before coming to the seminar on April 18th.
Attendees will each be provided with a free copy of “The Art of Seamanship”, a new, five hundred page compendium on the subject of seamanship authored by Storm Trysail member Ralph Naranjo. Hard copies will be distributed at the time of registration or if requested, an eBook version can be sent prior to the seminar. This book is a true bible of seamanship that will be a handy reference for years to come.
In addition to the videos, excerpts from this book on various subjects will also be sent via email beforehand.
This course and the supporting materials teaches lessons all boaters can benefit from, even if they only venture as far as across Long Island Sound. Participants will not fall asleep as a result of information overload in this full day of hands-on training. Instead of sitting in a chair watching Powerpoint presentations, students be on a boat, in the pool learning about life rafts and drown-proofing, fighting a fire and launching parachute flares. None of activities should be done for the first time when lives are at risk.
Source : http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2015/02/10/storm-trysail-club-conduct-one-day-hands-safety-sea-seminar/