Safety at Sea Seminar

Safety at sea

Presented by The Mariners’ Museum and Landfall Navigation

Safety at Sea Seminar
Saturday, February 22, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)

Join us for a day-long Safety at Sea Seminar designed and conducted by sailors and experts in their fields! The seminar provides both novice and experienced mariners alike with the information and skills required to sail the Chesapeake Bay or offshore, handle heavy weather, conduct rescue procedures and much more.

This seminar is open to all cruising and racing skippers, crews &
their families, recreational boaters, as well as commercial mariners.

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You'll earn an official Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification from US Sailing.

Note: This seminar does not qualify you for the U.S. Sailing offshore racing requirements for the 2014 Newport to Bermuda Race.

Seminar Topics include:

  • Formula for Disaster - lessons learned
  • Man overboard & rescue procedures
  • Medical care & prevention
  • Damage control
  • Pumps & steering gear emergencies
  • Bay weather & life raft inflation
  • Abandon ship procedures


Registration Ticket Prices

Prior to February 1:
After February 1:

Mariners’ Museum Members receive $15-off each ticket

Ticket prices cover lectures, demonstrations, course materials,
Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification, & boxed lunch.

Please go to the Business Entrance of the museum (See directions).

For more information, contact Bryan Hill at (757) 591-7749 or



Marine Dealers interested in having a presence at this event, please contact
 Page Stooks at (757) 591-7702 or

Both programs are sponsored
Landfall Navigation - incorporates the latest
techniques and information available.  

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Safety at Sea Expert Panel 

Captain Henry E. Marx

Capt. Henry E. Marx is owner and President of Landfall Navigation, which he purchased in 1982 after many years in the corporate world in management and financial positions. Landfall Navigation offers a worldwide Nautical Chart, Publications, and Navigation Instrument Inventory; a large Maritime Technical Library; a full line of Marine Safety Equipment; a Referral Service for Delivery Captains; and Navigation and Marine Safety Seminars as well as Onboard

An experienced blue-water sailor Capt. Marx has sailed and raced for over 40 years on the east and west coasts of the United States,
Southern coast of Norway and the Caribbean. He has served on a
Norwegian Flag Oil tanker as a Seaman and his military service was in the U. S. Naval Reserve in Diesel Submarines. He continues to deliver private yachts, with his longest yacht delivery bringing a 50-foot trawler yacht from San Francisco, CA to Stamford, CT via the Panama Canal in 1981. In 1992-94, Capt. Marx served on the Committee on Nautical Charting of the Marine Board division of the National Academy of Science reviewing NOAA chart making. In 2006, he was elected to membership in the Storm Trysail Club and in 2010 was elected to the Cruising Club of America.



Capt. Mark Bologna

Capt. Mark Bologna is a USCG licensed Captain and has been the Marine Safety Specialist and Commercial Sales Director at Landfall Navigation since 2007. He has over 35 years of boating and fishing on the Long Island Sound and 10 years experience operating private marina facilities.

Will Keene

Will Keene, President of Edson International since 1989, has been active in the marine industry for over 30 years. Along with brother Hank, the Keenes are second generation owners of one of Massachusetts’ oldest continually operating businesses, with beginnings in 1859 in Boston, manufacturing hardware for the active New England fishing fleets. Actively involved in the marine industry on a national level, Will has served on the Board of Directors of the NSIA (National Sailing Industry Association) and moved to the Board of Directors of Sail America when those two industry associations merged. Will has served on NMMA’s Facility Development Committee, NMMA’s Accessory Manufacturers Board, and was Sail America’s representative on the NMMA Board of Directors. An avid boater, sailor and fisherman, Will enjoys spending time on his home waters of Buzzards Bay, MA with his wife Franny. They make their home in South Dartmouth, MA and spend their summers exploring the waters of New England and beyond. Edson International, celebrating its 154th year, manufactures an extensive line of marine steering systems and accessories, boat davits, radar towers and marine pumps for sail and powerboats.

Bill Sammler


Bill is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Wakefield office, which serves central and eastern Virginia, northeast North Carolina, and the Lower Maryland Eastern Shore. He coordinates with state and local emergency managers, and other NWS customers, to ensure NWS products and services meet their needs. Bill also participates in a number of training initiatives including Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and the FEMA/NWS Warning Coordination Course. Before coming to Wakefield in April 1994, Bill spent the first 10 years of his nearly 30 year NWS career at the National Severe Storms Forecast Center in Kansas City, MO, issuing nationwide forecasts for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. He has received several awards, including the 2005 National Hurricane
Conference Outstanding Achievement Award in Meteorology.

Pete Seidler, Captain US Coast Guard (retired)

Pete Seidler served 34 years in the US Coast Guard in a variety of
assignments including command of two Coast Guard cutters where he was engaged in numerous search & rescue, maritime law enforcement and national defense operations. In addition he taught ship handling, seamanship and leadership at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Ct. In 2007 he retired from the position of Staff Judge Advocate for the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area commands. Pete currently works as an Emergency Medical Technician (enhanced) in the City of Virginia Beach. He has served as Training Officer for the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, the city’s largest rescue squad. He is an American Red Cross instructor for First Aid, CPR and Wilderness First Aid as well as an instructor for EMS safety.

February 22, 2014 - 8:30am - 5:00pm