SUNY Maritime College

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Storm Trysail Club is back hosting their annual spring Hands-On Safety At Sea seminar.

By attending the course, and viewing the Storm Trysail’s Video Library (, participants will earn the “US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea” certification.

If you would like to earn the “International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training” certification, you must contact US Sailing directly and complete their 15-chapter online course, in addition to attending the hands-on training.  Codes can be purchased directly from US Sailing’s online store,  If you are ‘refreshing’ your ISAF certificate, you will need to take US Sailing’s online units 11-15,

US Sailing Members can use the following promo codes for discounts on Safety at Sea items:

SAS5 – $5 OFF Safety at Sea: Offshore Upgrade (Units 11-15)

SAS25 – $25 OFF Safety at Sea: Offshore (Units 1-15) Online

Everyone must review the following STC videos:  Man Overboard video with Gary Jobson ( and the “Damage Control: Don’t Give up the Ship” Safety Seminar hosted by David Tunick ( Additionally, you must study the attached Control Grid. SASDamageControlGrid copy  There will be a quiz at the seminar.

If you are interested in doing the Newport Bermuda Race or any other major offshore event, make sure you and your crew have the required training.

Building on the success of past seminars, this event will follow an interactive curriculum where attendees fire distress flares, put out fires, learn damage control, set storm sails, and rescue a man overboard among other activities.

COVID 19 Precautions

  • Consistent with CDC guidance,  NY State and SUNY policies, masks are not required at the Seminar.   Given the recent up tick in infection rates we encourage those who wish to wear a mask  to do so, particularly indoors and in confined spaces.  We also urge, but do not require, everyone to self-test before coming to the seminar.   Obviously if you are not feeling well, please stay home.  COVID conditions are fluid and we will continue to monitor CDC, State, City, and SUNY guidelines.  If these change, it may warrant a change in our policies so please monitor your e-mail as Sunday approaches

Course Curriculum

  • On the water session with man overboard recovery, setting storm sails & emergency steering
  • Pool session with PFD, life raft use and combating hypothermia
  • Firefighting instruction, use of flares and pyrotechnics
  • Emergency communications and Search & Rescue
  • Damage control and much more


Contact with any questions


0700-0745 Registration – MAC Academic Building, next to Sailing Center 
0745-0900 Opening Session
0900-1630 Participants will rotate between various activities including: Damage Control, Fire Fighting/Pyrotechnics, Pool/In Water Survival and On the Water MOB
1630-1745  Closing Session
Coffee and bagels, lunch and afternoon coffee and snacks are provided

What to Bring

The seminar will be an all-day affair. You will be in the classroom, in the pool and outdoors for the fire safety segment and on a boat practicing MOB. Please be prepared for all of these different environments.

We suggest you bring the following:

  • Cold Weather Sailing Gear for outside (weather dependent)
  • Inflatable PFD, spare CO2 cartridge (or a 2nd offshore/dinghy style lifejacket) and tether
  • Second set of old foul weather gear for pool (You will be jumping in the pool with all of your foul weather gear on and your inflatable PFD, so please make sure you have a towel and change of clothes and a second set of foul weather gear for your other outside activities)


  • Attendance at the seminar is limited and is open to both racers and cruisers. Do not wait to register. 
  • The admissions fee is $325 and includes breakfast pastries and coffee, lunch and afternoon snacks and refreshments.

Payment is due in FULL at the time of registration.  Credit Cards Accepted

Once your registration payment has been processed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Storm Trysail Club that will include important information about course requirements and a link to the seminar site.


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McMichael Yards & Brokers
Marine Safety Corp
Sea Safety International
Storm Trysail Foundation