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Capt. Henry Marx Memorial Safety at Sea Course

U.S. Sailing sanctioned offshore course

Postponed to 2022

Due to the COVID pandemic, the Museum galleries remain closed until further notice. We look forward to hosting this life-changing event once it’s safe to meet in person. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

This could be the most important day of your boating life!

Join us for a day-long Safety at Sea Course designed and conducted by sailors and experts in their fields! The course 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. The most comprehensive 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 Offshore Safety at Sea Certification from U.S. Sailing!

Fees & Registration: $160

Members receive a $15 discount off the registration fee.

The fee covers lectures, demonstrations, course materials, U.S. Sailing Offshore Safety at Sea Certification, lunch, and a copy of the book, Safety at Sea: A Guide to Safety Under Sail and Personal Survival (retail value $25.95).

Liability Release for Self (or for Minor):
By registering here for this course, you hereby recognize that the hands-on training to be provided contain inherent risks, including those from flame and water, and you assume those risks. You agree to follow all instructions provided in the seminar and hereby release The Mariners’ Museum and Park from any liability for injury to you, whether or not caused by The Mariners’ Museum’s alleged negligence.

Photo Release Disclosure:
By registering here for this course you do hereby give to The Mariners’ Museum, its assigns, legal representatives, and heirs the irrevocable right in perpetuity to use your name or photograph in all forms and media (including composite or distorted representations) for promotional, advertising, web, or any other lawful use. You waive any right to inspect or approve the finished copy and product.

Past course topics include:

  • Inshore, Offshore, and Emergency Communications
  • Signals including use of flares
  • Lessons learned from recent sailing incidents
  • Personal Safety Gear
  • Care and Maintenance of Safety Gear
  • Crew Overboard Recovery
  • Getting and Giving Assistance
  • Crew Health and Cold Exposure
  • Marine Weather
  • Life Raft Inflation
  • A View from the Bridge: Dealing with large ships in Hampton Roads
  • Handling emergencies at sea: Organizing and training your crew
  • Display of personal and boat safety equipment from Landfall Navigation; participants receive a discount on all purchases

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

Past Course Leaders

Mark Lenci, moderator

Mark is one of only seven certified US Sailing Safety at Sea moderators. A retired US Navy Captain, his naval career was primarily in attack submarines; he was commander of USS Houston (SSN 713). He sails primarily in New England the Canadian Maritimes from his home base of Natick, MA. Among Mark’s professional certifications are the USCG 10T Masters License and the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence. We look forward to Mark sharing his proven leadership and seamanship insights.

Mark Lenci, moderator

Mark Lenci, only one of seven certified US Sailing Safety at Sea moderators

Capt. Mark Bologna is a USCG licensed Captain and holds a U.S. Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling Instructor Certification. He has been on Landfall Navigation’s team since 2007. Currently the retail safety department manager, he also assists with commercial sales and educational outreach to the recreational boating industry. Mark is a hands-on marine safety consultant who advises customers on the issues that ensure their safety and enjoyment of life on the water. Truly an outdoor sportsman, he has over 45 years of boating experience in the northeastern United States.

Captain Eric Knott went to sea with his father as a commercial fisherman in 1973 and has never looked back. He has been awarded a UK Master’s Certificate, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification, and a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Marine Surveying from Middlesex University and Lloyds Maritime of London; and was appointed State of Connecticut Harbor Master for Stamford Harbor. In 2003, Eric joined Landfall Navigation to run Henry Marx’s Marine Training Center. In 2006, he joined Moran Towing Corporation, where he is responsible for safety audits and inspections. Eric’s claim to fame: “I have spent days in a life raft – for real!”

Chief Boatswain’s Mate Phillip Null is an active duty U.S. Coast Guardsman and an accomplished operator across the service’s broad range of search and rescue, law enforcement, security, and disaster response missions. He is currently assigned as the supervisor and lead underway instructor at the Coast Guard’s Boatswain’s Mate ‘A’ School in Yorktown, VA, the accession point for all future boat operators in the service.

Jeff Orrock is Meteorologist in Charge for NOAA / National Weather Service where he has served for 25 years. A Virginian, Jeff’s assignments have taken him to work with marine partners in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and back to Virginia. Since 2011, he has participated in the Harbor Safety Planning Committee for Hampton Roads and the Maritime Incident Response Team supporting the USCG, Port Authority, and all marine interests.

Pete Seidler is a retired US Coast Guard captain. He spent over 34 years in the USCG in a variety of assignments including: command of two CG cutters, instructing seamanship and shiphandling at the USCG Academy, and serving as senior JAG officer for the CG’s Atlantic Area. Since retirement, Pete has worked more than 10 years as an Advanced EMT for Virginia Beach EMS. He has been an instructor for First Aid, CPR, and Wilderness First Aid as well as being a Virginia state boating safety instructor. Pete and his wife sail their 35′ Catalina on Chesapeake Bay.