SUNY Maritime College

October 11, 2021

Storm Trysail Club is back hosting Hands-On Safety At Sea seminars. Participants will earn the “US Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea” certification, or the “International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training” certification in combination with US Sailing’s 15-chapter online course. 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.

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 with Hands-on Training Certificate by completing US Sailing’s Online Offshore Safety-at-Sea course. This is in addition to the Storm Trysail Club videos you will also watch.

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
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/ Liferaft Fire Fighting / Flares
1500-1700 Hands-on damage control and Man Overboard Drills
1730-1800 Hands-on wrap-up

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 $300 and includes breakfast pastries and coffee, lunch and afternoon snacks and refreshments.
  • To obtain the International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-on Training  Certificate you will pay an additional $95 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.