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Safety at Sea

February 17 @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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This could be the most important day of your boating life! 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 the most comprehensive near coastal safety at sea program offered in the Hampton Roads area. Safety at Sea is open to all cruising and racing skippers, crews & their families, recreational boaters, as well as commercial mariners.

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Registrants will earn an official Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification* from U.S. Sailing!

* Seminar does not qualify you for the U.S. Sailing onshore racing requirements for the 2018 Newport to Bermuda Race.

Fees & Registration

Now through January 31: $95
February 1 – 15: $115
Mariners’ Museum Members receive $15 off registration.

The fee covers lectures, demonstrations, course materials, Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification and lunch. SPACE IS LIMITED! Please register early to ensure availability. Register Online Here Or, call by phone: (757) 591-7749

Seminar topics include:

  • USCG Search and Rescue Case Study
  • Emergency Communication
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Man Overboard Recovery
  • Life Raft Inflation
  • Signal Flares Demonstration
  • A View from the Bridge: Dealing with Large Ships in Hampton Roads
  • Paddle Sports Safety
  • Chesapeake Bay Weather

Landfall logo The program sponsored by Landfall Navigation incorporates the latest techniques and information available.

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 Instruction. 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.

Jeff Orrock

Jeff Orrock is the Meteorologist in Charge of the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Wakefield. Jeff worked for the NWS for 18 years, during which he served in offices in Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia, forecasting and covering a wide range of weather events. As a fellow boater in the Carolinas and lower Chesapeake Bay, Jeff is both a user and developer of the marine forecasts used by boaters to better navigate the waters.

Captain 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.

Captain Ben Schill

Capt. Ben Schill is one of 41 licensed harbor pilots in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ben pilots vessels, including U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and submarines, on the waters of the lower Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads, and its tributaries. He has served 2 terms on the Virginia Pilot Association Board of Directors, assisted managing pilot operations at the radar and communications tower at Cape Henry, including its modernization and renovation. He presently serves on the boat safety committee. He is an avid photographer and enjoys capturing images which tell the story of port operations.

Captain Pete Seidler, US Coast Guard (retired)

Pete Seidler served over 30 years in the United States 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 to these operational assignments, Pete taught ship handling, seamanship and leadership at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In 2007 he retired from the position of Staff Judge Advocate for the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area. Pete currently serves as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for the City of Virginia Beach. He is a Virginia State Boating Safety Instructor and has held instructor certifications in First Aid, CPR and Wilderness First Aid from the American Red Cross.


February 17
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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(757) 596-2222