US Sailing Safety at Sea™ Seminar

Presented by the PYC Satori Foundation, Inc
March 24-26, 2017
Pensacola Yacht Club • Pensacola, Florida

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Be a Safe Boater

Now’s your chance to get the Safety experience you need, before you need it

This is offered as a general 1-day Safety Seminar or an in-depth, 2-day ‘Hands On’ seminar which is sanctioned by US Sailing and fulfills the important safety seminar attendance requirement for the 2017 Pensacola a La Habana Race scheduled for April 30, 2017 and for the Regata al Sol in 2018. The course is a must-do experience for power boaters and sailors… anyone making an offshore race, planning an offshore passage or taking a shorthanded coastal cruise.

Have you ever gotten inside of an inflated life raft, wearing your weather gear and lifejacket, in the company of 8 of your closest friends?

Have you seen the hang time difference between a SOLAS parachute flare and a little roman candle flare that is approved, but actually a flash in the pan?

Do you know how to communicate with authorities in an emergency situation?

Do you know what to do when a shipmate is injured or has hypothermia or is seasick to the point of dehydration?

Find the answers and more at the PYC Satori Foundation Safety at Sea™ Seminar.

Safety at Sea™ Seminar Facts

US Sailing offers four types of seminars:

  1. Coastal
  2. Offshore
  3. Offshore with Hands-on Training
  4. Online Offerings
    See http://www.ussailing.org/education/safety-at-sea/
  • Moderated and taught by experienced, lifelong sailors who include some of the top names in sailing and safety.
  • Designed for sailors of all types and levels — cruisers and racers, novices and experts.
  • Appropriate for a wide range of boats — small, big, monohulls, multihulls (and powerboats, too) — that are sailed anywhere — near shore and offshore.
  • Curriculum is certified by US Sailing, with special attention to conditions and challenges of the host organization’s sailing area.
  • More than 1,000 sailors attend safety seminars around North America every year and many bring their families and crews.

The certifications are good for five years.

Combined with the Saturday seminar, Hands-on Training yields the coveted World Sailing (ISAF) Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course Certificate. This certificate is highly recommended for the 2017 Pensacola a La Habana and 2018 Regata al Sol races from Pensacola Yacht Club. The seminar is either required or recommended for such races as the Fastnet, the Sydney-Hobart, the Marion Bermuda Race and Newport Bermuda.

World Sailing certification includes hands-on training with your PFD and inflation, as well as pool time with your inflated PFD in offshore clothing. Attendees will gain knowledge in the use of life rafts, boarding, and righting skills from experienced instructors.   Flares and fire-fighting skills will also be covered.

An exam (passing grade of 80) is part of the certification process.

Preliminary Schedule

PYC Satori Foundation Safety at Sea Seminar

  • Friday March 24
    • 1800-2000 Early Registration (recommended) at Pensacola Yacht Club Foyer
      • Cash Bar. Dinner Available – Reservations Suggested
  • Saturday March 25
    • 0730 Registration – Continental Breakfast at PYC Ballroom A
    • 0800 Welcome – Sean Hickey at PYC Ballroom B
    • 0805 Invitation to Pensacola Havana Race – Neil Davies
    • 0815 Opening/Offering Assistance – Bruce Brown
    • 0835 Crew Overboard – Bruce Brown
    • 0915 Lessons Learned – Bruce Brown
    • 1000 Search and Rescue – USCG
    • 1045 Break – Flare Demo – Tim Burr, Bruce Brown, Bill Biewenga
    • 1100 Emergency Medical/Hypothermia – Dr. Bobby Tassin
    • 1145 Personal Safety Gear/Care & Maintenance – Bruce Brown & Bill Biewenga
    • 1230 Lunch – Steering w/o Rudder video at PYC Ballroom A
    • 1315 Safety Scenarios – Bill Biewenga & Bruce Brown
    • 1345 Communications – Bruce Brown
    • 1430 Weather – Eric Esbensen
    • 1445 Break – Snack
    • 1500 Weather Routing – Bill Biewenga
    • 1515 Damage Control – Bruce Brown
    • 1530 Abandon Ship – Bruce Brown
    • 1600 Life Raft Demo – PYC Pool
    • 1645 Q&C (Questions and Cocktails) – Watson Sailing Center
      • Comp Beer & Wine, Sailor Snacks
  • Sunday March 26
    • 0730 Continental Breakfast / Pensacola Yacht Club / PYC Ballroom A/B
    • 0800 Welcome / Sean Hickey / PYC Ballroom A/B
    • 0815 Opening Discussion / Bruce & Bill / PYC Ballroom A/B
    • 0830 Session 1 / Hands On
    • 0930 Session 2 / Hands On
    • 1030 Session 3 / Hands On
    • 1130 Heavy Weather Sails & Tactics / Bill / PYC Ballroom A/B
    • 1230 Lunch / PYC Ballroom A/B
    • 1300 Emergency Signals / Bruce & Bill
    • 1330 Fire Fighting / Bruce Brown
    • 1400 Hands on Flares / Fire Fighting / Bruce Brown
    • 1415 Test / Bruce / PYC Ballroom A/B
    • 1500 Debrief / Bruce / PYC Ballroom A/B

Moderator— Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown was the chairman of the independent review panel for the 2012 Newport to Ensenada Race involving the loss of Aegean. Presenter at Volvo Ocean Race SAS Seminar in Miami. Instructor in 100T USCG License Program, presenter USCG Marine Industry Days. He is a published author of numerous safety related articles. He has been the lead moderator at the CCA Newport Bermuda Race safety seminar and many more.

2nd Moderator— Bill Biewenga

Bill Biewenger is an accomplished inshore and offshore sailor. He has accumulated well over 400,000 sea miles including 41 transatlantic crossings, over 60 passages to and from the Caribbean, several TransPacs and Bermuda races, numerous record attempts, deliveries and races, as well as participation in 4 round the world races. He has experience as a skipper, navigator, weather analyst/router, watch captain, helmsman, deck hand, and project manager. He has sailed in the Great Lakes and virtually every ocean of the world.

Two-Day Program Outline

Program Day 0 – March 24, 2017

Start Time Topic Speaker Location
1800-2000 Early Registration (recommended)

Cash Bar. Dinner Available – Reservations Suggested

PYC Club Foyer

Program Day 1 – March 25, 2017

Start Time Topic Speaker Location
0730 Registration – Cont. Breakfast PYC Ballroom A
0800 Welcome Sean Hickey PYC Ballroom B
0805 Invitation to Pensacola Havana Race Neil Davies PYC Ballroom B
0815 Opening / Offering Assistance Bruce Brown PYC Ballroom B
0835 Crew Overboard Bruce Brown PYC Ballroom B
0915 Lessons Learned Bruce Brown PYC Ballroom B
1000 Search and Rescue USCG PYC Ballroom B
1045 Break – Flare Demo Tim Burr, Bruce Brown, Bill Biewenga PYC Ballroom B
1100 Emergency Medical / Hypothermia Dr. Bobby Tassin PYC Ballroom B
1145 Personal Safety Gear / Care and Maintenance Bruce Brown and Bill Biewenga PYC Ballroom B
1230 Lunch – Steering w/o Rudder video PYC Ballroom A
1315 Safety Scenarios Bill Biewenga and Bruce Brown PYC Ballroom B
1345 Communications Bruce Brown PYC Ballroom B
1430 Weather Eric Esbensen PYC Ballroom B
1445 Break Snack
1500 Weather Routing Bill Biewenga PYC Ballroom B
1515 Damage Control Bruce Brown PYC Ballroom B
1530 Abandon Ship Bruce Brown PYC Ballroom B
1600 Life Raft Demo PYC Pool
1645 Questions and Cocktails – Comp Beer and Wine, Sailor Snacks Watson Sailing Center

If you are registered for the second day – Hands on Training:

Please remember to bring your foul weather gear, sea boots, PFD (Harness and Tether), A towel and a change of clothes

Program Day 2 – March 26, 2017

Start Time Topic Speaker Location
0730 Continental Breakfast Pensacola Yacht Club PYC Ballroom A/B
0800 Welcome Sean Hickey PYC Ballroom A/B
0815 Opening Discussion Bruce and Bill PYC Ballroom A/B
0830 Session 1 Hands On
0930 Session 2 Hands On
1030 Session 3 Hands On
1130 Heavy Weather Sails/Tactics Bill PYC Ballroom A/B
1230 Lunch PYC Ballroom A/B
1300 Emergency Signals Bruce and Bill
1330 Fire Fighting Bruce Brown
1400 Hands on Flares / Fire Fighting Bruce Brown
1415 Test Bruce PYC Ballroom A/B
1500 Debrief Bruce PYC Ballroom A/B

Seminar Rotation with Three Groups

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Group A Pool Dock Emergency Signals
Group B Dock Emergency Signals Pool
Group C Emergency Signals Pool Dock

Please bring the following for Day 2 Hands on Training:

Foul Weather Gear, Sea Boots, PFD, Harness and Tether, Change of clothes and Towel

US Sailing Hands-On Activities

  • Life Raft Boarding, Capsize
  • Life Jacket, Huddle
  • Life Jacket Rearming
  • EPIRBs and PLBs
  • Throw Rope Bags
  • Lifesling Lifting Tackle
  • Damage Control Trailer USCG
  • Rigging Cutting Demonstration
  • Fire Fighting
  • Flare Deployment
  • Repacking SOS Dan Buoy, Lifesling
  • Crew Overboard On the Water
  • Splinting, wound management
  • Bend on storm sails
  • Use of Damage Control Kits
  • Drogues and Sea Anchors
  • Collision Mat
  • Grab Bag Contents and Operation

Enrollment

Register Here

Registration link to US Sailing registration page

Safety at Sea WITH Hands-on Training
3/25/2017 – 3/26/2017
Day 1 & 2 Hands-on Certified Safety at Sea Seminar $375.00
Day 1 only: Introduction to Safety at Sea $250.00

A 10% discount is offered for 2017 Pensacola a La Habana Race participants and return crew members.

Pensacola Yacht Club Satori Foundation Inc.
1897 Cypress St
Pensacola, FL 32502 USA
Contact: Sean Hickey
Ph: 251-802-8688

This is a two-day event; the first is in classroom and the second is practical, Hands-on Training. This class meets World Sailing Standards (formerly known as ISAF).

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