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Safety on the Inland Seas

Join Cruising Club of America, US SAILING, and Safety at Sea Seminar moderators and trainers Ron Trossbach and Sheila McCurdy as they bring their combined thousands of sea miles of experience to this critically important topic for every skipper and crew.

In partnership with the Cruising Club of America, GLCCSchool is pleased to present a refreshed two-part class on cruising safety. Drawing from US Sailing’s Safety at Sea and the Cruising Club of America's Safety for Cruising Couples curriculums, co-instructors Sheila McCurdy and Ron Trossbach developed this newly-packaged and extended class specifically with inland lakes sail and power cruisers in mind ... especially couples, partners and other crews who typically do much of their boating short-handed. And because the subject is so critical to safe cruising, the GLCC and CCA are offering this two-part class at the low pre-discounted package price of only $10.00 (as this webinar is pre-discounted, member discount codes will not apply to this webinar). Even people who participated in past presentations of “Safety for Cruising Couples” will want to register for this updated class.

Registrants are also offered the option of purchasing the CCA’s hardcopy Safety for Cruising Couples text and workbook at CCA cost for an additional $15.00 (ordering details accompany webinar Registration).

Part One: Basic Tools and Practices for Cruising Safety

This session addresses the periodic review and update of information and procedures for use of the safety equipment recommended to be aboard recreational cruising boats. It examines how well boaters are familiar with the basic skills and tools for safe cruising. It explores topics such as effective VHF radio usage, making maximum use of the Digital Selective Calling features in today’s radios, the use of safety equipment like throw bags, life slings, EPIRBs, AIS MOB Locator devices, flares and fire extinguishers, knowing where critical safety equipment is stored, having a working knowledge of crew overboard retrieval methods ... and more.

Part Two: Putting These Skills into Practice in Short Handed Situations

Most boaters tend to be short-handed cruisers, typically with only two on board in a husband-wife or cruising partners situation or perhaps as parents with young children. Each crew member needs to understand what they and their partners each know, and where each might have less experience or knowledge. This session delves into the realities of how most of us cruise, and explores the dynamics behind well understood and practiced safety procedures within that reality.


Sheila McCurdy and Ron Trossbach, are extensively experienced boaters and moderators/moderator-leaders for US Sailing's Safety at Sea seminars and the CCA’s Safety for Cruising Couples class. Each has thousands and thousands of sea miles behind them, and the two bring both power and sail perspectives to the table.