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.

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

Given the severity of the recent Delta strain outbreak of COVID-19 and our review of the guidelines imposed by the State of New York, the Storm Trysail Club is determined to provide as safe an environment as possible for participants, instructors and SUNY staff during the upcoming training. Therefore, we are requiring the following:

  • Participants must show proof of vaccination. Please click on this link to upload your proof of vaccination –   Any registrant who is not vaccinated has the option to attend a future course as a vaccinated person, or to receive a refund net of the online training costs.  
  • If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, please do not attend the training.
  • Vaccinated participants are required to wear a mask when indoors consistent with New York State guidelines. We will hold outside activities much of the time.

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, much of which will take place outdoors and for the World Sailing Track, on a boat.

For World Sailing Certification (Track 2) you will need:

  • Cold Weather Sailing Gear for outside
  • Inflatable PFD, spare CO2 cartridge (or a 2nd offshore/dinghy style lifejacket) and tether
  • Change of clothes and towel
  • Second set of old foul weather gear for pool


  • 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 your username, password, and link to the seminar site where you can access all the pre-seminar information.


Marine Safety Corp
Sea Safety International
Safe Harbors
McMichael Yards & Brokers
Landfall Navigation
UK Sailmakers North East
DP Sailcloth
Storm Trysail Foundation