SUNY Maritime College

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Storm Trysail Club is back hosting their annual spring US Sailing Sanctioned Hands-On Safety At Sea Course.

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

If you would like to earn the US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea Course with Hands-on Training certificate, you must first complete the US Sailing Safety at Sea: Offshore Online Course (Units 1-15) before attending the hands-on training:  If you are ‘refreshing’ your expired World Sailing certificate (taken within 10 years), you will need to take US Sailing’s Safety at Sea: Offshore Upgrade Online course (Units 11-15) before attending the hands-on training,  You will be issued a unique course code once you register and pay for the STC Hands-On Safety at Sea seminar that you will use to complete the online course.

Everyone must review the following STC videos:  Man Overboard video with Gary Jobson (, the “Damage Control: Don’t Give up the Ship” Safety Seminar hosted by David Tunick ( and the Shorthanded Sailing video hosted by NYYC and done in cooperation with CCA and Royal Bermuda YC ( Please pay special attention to the MOB sections of the video. Additionally, you must study the attached Control Grid. SASDamageControlGrid copy  There will be an online quiz after the seminar.

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.

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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