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Seminar on practical voyaging skills

Jan 1, 2003

The National Women's Sailing Association is sponsoring a week-end seminar that will focus on a broad range of skills needed to venture offshore in a small sailboat. The Offshore Cruising Preparation seminar, which is actually open to both men and women, is being held at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, Md., on April 8-9.

Topics include liferaft deployment and survival suit exercises in a swimming pool; firefighting basics, including the use of SCBA equipment; radar simulator introduction; use of computers on boats, particularly as they relate to weather information; and medical concerns specific to the offshore environment.

"If you are considering offshore cruising, this seminar is a chance to learn the nuts and bolts of what you need to know," said Lisa Rizzio, coordinator of the National Women's Sailing Association based in Fort Myers, Fla.

The seminar will be taught by veteran Ocean Navigator seminar instructor Michael Carr at a facility uniquely suited for marine topics. Contact NWSA at 800-566-6972 for more information.