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2017 Safety at Sea Seminar

May 6, 2017 - May 7, 2017


5/1/17 Update:  Class materials have been emailed to all participants.  If you have not received them, please email myc.safetyatsea(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com.  Day two equipment requirements are posted below.  Venue information is at the bottom of this page.


lifebuoy_250Muskegon Yacht Club will be offering the U.S. Sailing Safety at Sea seminar on Saturday, May 6, 2017, with an optional, hands-on second day on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

The classroom and optional hands-on training in the Safety at Sea curriculum are designed to enhance your sailing skills and help make you, your boat and your crew safer. A panel of professionals, including Brian Adams, Dr. Don Crandall, and Bob Dukesherer, have tailored their presentations to give you as much information as possible.  A general overview of the U.S. Sailing Safety at Sea curriculum can be found here:  http://www.ussailing.org/education/safety-at-sea/

Many race regulations, including the Chicago Mac Safety Regulations, strongly recommend that at least 30% of each boat’s crew have valid offshore Safety at Sea Certifications (issued within 5 years before the race).

Day One (Saturday) will be held in the 150-seat Foundation Hall, Stevenson Center, Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon, Michigan (see map below).  Registration will be from 7:30 until 8:00am.  Presentations will begin at 8:00am and conclude by 5:00pm.  A continental breakfast will be served and a boxed lunch will be provided.

A final syllabus will be emailed to participants the week prior to the event.  Day two participants will receive a separate email detailing the equipment needed for day two.

Day Two (Sunday) will be held at Muskegon Yacht Club, 3198 Edgewater Street, Muskegon, Michigan.  Registration will be from 7:30am until 8:00am.  Presentations will begin at 8:00am and conclude by 3:30pm.  A continental breakfast will be served and a buffet lunch will be available for purchase.  We have USCG approval for flare use during the event.

***Day Two participants, please bring the following items with you on Sunday:

  • Full foul weather gear
  • Sea boots
  • PFD, normal or inflatable
  • Harness and tether
  • Crotch straps for PFD
  • Swimsuit or other swim clothing
  • Sailing gloves
  • Plastic trash bag(s) for wet gear
  • Towel(s) and change of clothes
  • Any flares you would like to use
  • Any other gear you want to try out

There will be no registrations accepted at the event.



This page will be updated as more information becomes available, including specific start times, additional speakers and seminar materials.  Current update: 5/1/17, 5pm


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Brad Fisher


Muskegon Community College – Stevenson Center, Foundation Hall 1100
221 S. Quarterline Road
Muskegon, MI United States
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