SUNY Maritime College


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.

US Sailing Offshore Safety-at-Sea Certificate

By attending the seminar and viewing the Storm Trysail’s Video Library, sailors will earn a US Sailing Offshore Safety-at-Sea Certificate. Attendees can opt to earn an International Offshore Safety-at-Sea Certificate by viewing US Sailing’s Online Offshore Safety-at-Sea course. This is in addition to the STF videos you will also watch.

Level 200

Responding to sailor requests for additional training, this year’s seminar will also offer a new advanced program (Level 200) open to sailors who have previously attended a Storm Trysail Seminar (limit 48). Besides participating in the opening and closing sessions, Level 200 participants will spend half of the day on the water and half receiving classroom instruction.  The extended time on the water will allow for one-on-one instruction and introducing new safety techniques including abandoning ship and steering without a rudder.  The Level 200 classroom sessions will include interactive round table discussions and sessions on topics such as emergency communications briefings and helo evacuation.

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
  • Damage control, emergency medical treatment
    and much more


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0700-0745 Registration
0800-0845 Opening Session
0845-1030 SAR and Comms.
1030-1130 Damage Control
1130-1215 Lunch Provided
1215-1300 Heavy Weather Sailing*
1300-1500 Pool: PFDs/ In water Survival/ Liferafts* Fire Fighting / Flares
1500-1700 Hands-on damage control and Man Overboard Drills*
1730-1800 Hands-on wrap-up

* World Sailing track participants only. US Sailing participants observe while World Sailing participants’ drills.

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 to 300 people and is open to both racers and cruisers.
  • The admissions fee is $295 and includes breakfast pastries and coffee, lunch and afternoon snacks and refreshments.
  • To obtain the International World Sailing Safety at Sea certificate you will pay an additional $75 to cover the cost of US Sailing’s Online Offshore Safety-at-Sea course.

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.