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Safety at Sea Seminar 2017

February 25, 2017 @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST

Presented by The Mariners’ Museum and Landfall Navigation

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Doors open at 7:30 AM

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 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. It is open to all cruising and racing skippers, crews, and their families; recreational boaters; as well as commercial mariners.

Seminar topics include:

  • Search and Rescue Case Study
  • Emergency Communication
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Man Overboard Recovery
  • Life Raft Inflation & Flares Demonstrations
  • First Aid Afloat
  • Damage Control
  • Chesapeake Bay Weather

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


  • Now through January 31: $95
  • After February 1: $115

Mariners’ Museum Members receive $15 off registration.


The fee covers lectures, demonstrations, course materials, Near Coastal Safety at Sea Certification, and lunch.

Register Online Here

To register by phone or mail:

To register by telephone, please contact:

(757) 591-7749

To Register by Mail, please complete the back of the form below and return to: 

The Mariners’ Museum
Safety at Sea
C/O Mark Arduini
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA  23606

View the Safety at Sea Seminar 2017 flyer (PDF)


Please register early to ensure availability.

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

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

Expert Panel

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. 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.

Captain Erik Knott was awarded his Master’s Certificate of Competence in 1984 and sailed in that position out of northern European ports until 1994 when he joined a nautical training school as senior instructor. There he operated 2 sea-going training vessels, working throughout Europe and into the Mediterranean. In 2003 he moved to the USA and joined Landfall Navigation to run the developing Marine Training Center, gaining various authorities from both state bodies and the USCG. On being granted Citizenship in 2008, he also gained his US master’s license and now has the distinction of being licensed under both US and UK authorities. Leaving Landfall in 2006, Captain Knott joined the safety department of Moran Towing Corporation and is responsible for safety audits and inspections throughout the US. He has recently also been appointed by the Governor of Connecticut as Harbor Master for Stamford Harbor. Holding a full Long Range Radio Operator’s Certificate (GMDSS) and experienced at instructing radar and electronic navigation, he is well placed to help decipher the mysteries of communication at sea and help clarify what ‘gadgets’ can and cannot do and how they can help make leisure time at sea safer and more enjoyable.

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.

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.

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.

Jeff Orrock is the Meteorologist In Charge of the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Wakefield. Jeff, a degree meteorologist graduating from Florida State University in 1994, has worked for the National Weather Service for 18 years. During his career, Jeff has served in NWS offices in Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia forecasting and coordinating a wide range of events from hurricanes to tornadoes, winter storms and nor’easters. As a fellow boater in the Carolinas and lower Chesapeake Bay over the last 12 years, Jeff is both a user and forecaster of the marine forecasts helping him to better understand the challenges weather poses to boaters. Jeff, a Virginia native from Richmond and the Tidewater, moved back to the state in June of 2011.

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



February 25, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST
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The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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(757) 596-2222