May 18, 2024
The Midwest Women's Sailing Conference is thrilled to offer the US Sailing International Safety at Sea, Hands-On Course. This course will be taught by women. Our US Sailing moderators will be Debbie Huntsman, Cheryl Lowry, and Lili Colby. Meet the moderators.
Where: Milwaukee Yacht Club
When: Friday, May 17, 2024, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Fee: $275 for a single registration, $500 for a pair*
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2024 or when the class fills
*Primary registrant must be a woman. She may bring a guest of any gender.
This course is designed to prepare you for survival offshore in on-the-water emergencies, whether cruising or racing. What you learn may save your life and the lives of others. If you are interested in the Race to Mackinac (Chicago-Mac), this course will meet the most recently posted requirements (2023).
From the 2023 Race to Mackinac Notice of Race Section 4, q.4
Safety Training - At least 50% of a boat's crew (rounded up), including the IC and the Person-in-Charge (if other than the IC), all Watch Captains, and all minor crew (under age 18) must hold one (or more) of the following valid Safety at Sea Training Certitificates at the start of The Race:
To receive a certification you MUST have completed US Sailing's Offshore Safety at Sea online course and provide their certificate of completion before attending. The prerequisite for most people is the "Offshore" course covering 14 topics (1-15) to receive the US Sailing International Safety at Sea with a hands-on training certificate.
US Sailing Members receive a discount on these courses by using the discount code found in your "My US Sailing: account number under Member Coupons.
The online course covers a broad range of material. There is an examination after each of the topics and at the end of the course. A hard copy textbook that condenses the online course material will be available when you arrive for the hands-on day.
You must complete the online course 3 days before the in-person part of the course so it can be available in the US Sailing database as being completed. If not, you will not be able to attend the hands-on day.
Register for the US Sailing Safety at Sea Course 1-15 here.
The hands-on training is a full day, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. You will be indoors and outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather.
Major Topics Covered
Lessons Learned and Updates
What to Bring
Showers will be available.
Registration Information and Costs
7:30-8:00 am Registration
8:00-8:20 am Welcome and Introduction
8:20-9:05 am SAR Organization
9:05-9:50 am Emergency Communications
10:00-10:45 am Hands-On Rotation 1
10:55-11:40 am Hands-On Rotation 2
11:40 am-12:40 pm Lunch
12:40-1:25 pm Hands-On Rotation 3
1:35-2:20 pm Hands-On Rotation 4: Fires and Flares
2:20-3:05 pm Crew Health: Hypothermia and Drowning
3:05-3:50 pm What's New
4:00-4:45 pm Crew Scenarios/Exam
4:45-5:00 pm Q&A, Comments and Wrap-Up
5:00 pm Conclusion