At The Sailing Foundation our Safety at Sea Committee is dedicated to promoting safe boating throughout both the commercial and pleasure boating industry through seminars and research into the development of products that enhance boating safety.
The Sailing Foundation conducts alternating courses in the Portland and Seattle area each year. These popular courses are a requirement for many offshore and international ocean races. Those who aren't concerned with certification will still find a wealth of useful information by attending the Safety at Sea Seminar.
The seminars, designed and conducted by sailors, all experts in their fields, provide novice and experienced mariners with information and skills required to prepare for sailing offshore, boat preparation, handling heavy weather, recommended safety equipment, and emergencies at sea.
The US Sailing-sanctioned event is open to all everyone, including cruising and racing sailors, and powerboaters. It incorporates the latest techniques and information available. Topics include: heavy weather seamanship, medicine at sea, damage control/repair, marine weather forecasting, personal safety equipment, crew overboard rescue, emergency communications, navigation, and more! To learn more please visit US Sailing's Safety at Sea Page.
It's one thing to get the boat back to a man overboard. Getting the man back in the boat can be far more difficult, especially if the victim is unconscious. The USCG-approved Lifesling is the most compact, economical, and effective solid lifesaver unit on the high seas. Stanchion-mounted, the Lifesling pack contains a pliable center section horseshoe, 150' of 3/8" floating polypropylene line, and an optional water-activated personal marker light. The idea is to deliver contact instantly to the crew in the water, facilitating short-handed retrieval without losing time (and, quite possibly, losing sight of your crew). A hoist and tackle system is another option designed to help bring even your heaviest crew aboard safely, even if injured, unconscious, or in atrocious sea conditions.
Periodically, The Sailing Foundation holds hands-on training in the use of the Lifesling. Experience has shown that crews that practice MOB drills and rigging the tackle that's used to bring the MOB back aboard greatly increase the chances of a successful rescue.