April 15, 2005 

Susan “Charlie” Arms
Director of Sailing
Cal Maritime
707-654-1257

Cal Maritime Sponsors US Sailing’s Safety At Sea Seminar
Inaugural recreational boating safety seminar and open house lead up to U.S. Coast Guard’s Safe Boating Week
 

VALLEJO, Calif., April 15, 2005 — The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), a campus of The California State University, will kick off National Safe Boating Week with a weekend of activities that will include an Open House on Saturday, May 21, and a US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar on Sunday, May 22.

Safety at Sea

On May 22, Cal Maritime will hold its inaugural US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar, a certified safety program for offshore sailors that is required for many races and recommended for anyone who wants to learn about safety relating to offshore sailing. The seminar, which will be held on the Cal Maritime campus, is organized by US Sailing, developed by Cruising World, and sponsored by West Marine, Zodiac North America, and Oregon Scientific. The seminar will provide novice and experienced mariners with the most authoritative daylong seminar on safe seamanship, heavy-weather tactics, and boat preparation. Participants will also see safety-equipment demos, learn crew overboard recovery techniques, and have the opportunity to pose questions to a panel of expert blue water sailors. A certificate of completion will be issued at the conclusion of the seminar. “We wanted to give participants the opportunity to experience training in the same setting that we train professional mariners,” said Susan ”Charlie” Arms, director of sailing at Cal Maritime. “Since it’s the beginning of the boating season and leading up to the North American Safe Boating Week, it seemed the ideal time to open our campus. That’s what this program is all about.”

Arms added that moderator Chuck Hawley, director of technical information for West Marine, will lead a team of speakers in the Safety at Sea Seminar. John Jourdame, veteran Whitebread racer, and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and Pacific Cup winner Liz Baylis will join Hawley on the panel.

Open House

On Saturday, May 21 Cal Maritime will host an Open House and boaters from the Bay Area are invited to attend. During the Open House, which will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the campus’ full mission bridge simulator will be available to allow participants the opportunity to take the helm of a large merchant vessel entering San Francisco Bay.

“By putting the mariner in that position, we hope to raise awareness of how difficult it is for large vessels to see and avoid recreational boaters, racers, and windsurfers,” said Dr. Phil Arms, Director of Simulation at Cal Maritime.

The Open House will also provide an opportunity for participants to get in and out of a life raft as well as right a capsized raft in the Cal Maritime pool. Lifeguards and Cal Maritime staff will be on site to aide the average person through a situation they hope will never happen in real life. In addition, Cal Maritime’s state-of-the art crisis management simulator will be on display to show how an oil spill would affect the bay.

Throughout the day on May 21, a free shuttle service will operate between Cal Maritime and the Vallejo Yacht Club, who will also be hosting an open house. Tickets for both the Safety at Sea Seminar and the Open House are $125.00, which includes all event activities, the seminar, a box lunch on Sunday, and shuttles to and from Vallejo Yacht Club. The price for only the May 22 Safety at Sea Seminar is $75.00. Members of US Sailing will receive a 10% discount. Those interested in receiving more information or purchasing tickets contact Charlie Arms at 707-654-1257.

About Cal Maritime
Cal Maritime, a campus of The California State University, is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States, and the only one on the West Coast. Tucked away in San Pablo Bay’s Morrow Cove in Vallejo, Calif., Cal Maritime offers students four-year degrees in business administration, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering. A program of intellectual learning, applied technology, leadership development, and global awareness prepares graduates for positions of significant responsibility in the areas of international business and logistics, maritime policy, engineering, technology, or in the maritime and transportation industries. For more information about Cal Maritime, visit www.csum.edu.

 
 

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