Get U.S. Sailing-Certified at Mariners' Museum Safety Seminar

You can be a safer sailor—and walk away with a shiny new U.S. Sailing certification— all in one day at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News.

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The day-long Safety at Sea Seminar is Saturday, February 17. Led by sailors and other marine experts, it "provides novice and experienced mariners with information and skills required for sailing the Chesapeake Bay or offshore, handling heavy weather, conducting rescue procedures, and much more."

The seminar, presented by the Mariners' Museum and Landfall Navigation, is in its seventh straight year. It's open to all sailors, from recreational cruisers to racing crews to commercial mariners. You can learn about emergency communications, how to rescue a person who falls overboard, paddle sport safety, how to deal with large ships, and weather on the Bay.

At the end of the day, you'll have earned an official Near-Coastal Safety at Sea Certification from U.S. Sailing.

Landfall Navigation owner Captain Henry Marx will run the program, drawing from 40 years' sailing experience on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the North Sea and the Caribbean.

The seminar costs $95 through January 31 and $115 starting February 1, and includes lectures, demonstrations, course materials, the U.S. Sailing certificate, and a boxed lunch. Mariners' Museum members get $15 off. To reserve a space at the seminar and learn more about its panel of experts, click here.

Megan Viviano