Safety seminar set for Connecticut in February

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Landfall Navigation will offer the US Sailing-certified Near Coastal Safety at Sea seminar on Feb. 8 at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

The marine outfitter and safety expert said the hands-on seminar, scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant, will provide novice and experienced mariners with the skills and information needed to safely navigate coastal waters from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine.

Topics to be covered include:

• Lessons learned to prevent disaster

• Damage control

• Emergency pumps and steering

• Crew overboard and rescue procedures (including PFDs, flares and distress calls)

• Medical care and prevention

• Handling heavy weather, life raft, and other demonstrations

The event will be moderated by Capt. Henry Marx, owner and president of Landfall Navigation, who has more than 40 years of sailing experience on both coasts of the United States, the North Sea and the Caribbean.

Joining Marx is a panel that includes Will Keene, president, Edison Marine; Capt. Mark Bolonga, lead marine safety equipment specialist, Landfall; Dr. Michael Jacobs, who is also known as “The SailDoc,” has a private practice on Martha's Vineyard and regularly speaks on shipboard medicine at offshore sailing courses; and freelance electronics and offshore safety expert Ralph Naranjo.

"Many boating enthusiasts don't realize that 95 percent of boating accidents happen less than 3 miles from shore," Marx said in a statement. "This seminar is designed for local boaters, sailors and cruisers and is conducted by sailors and experts in their fields. Upon completion, all attendees will earn an Official Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification from US Sailing."

The cost is $125 through today. It will be $150 from Thursday until Feb. 1. Mystic Seaport members receive a $25 discount. Registration is required by Feb. 1. The seminar fee includes morning coffee, a buffet lunch and the seminar.

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