Brush up on Your Boating Safety

March 2020 Multimedia

For those boaters preparing for another season on the inland lakes and waterways, as well as those venturing out into coastal waters, the Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) and the Cruising Club of America have jointly prepared a new webinar, geared to sail and power boaters alike. This two-part webinar draws from US Sailing’s Safety at Sea and CCA’s Safety for Cruising Couples curriculums with part one delivered on April 4 and part two on April 6, 2017. 

“Attending a GLCCSchool webinar is almost like attending a class in-person, including interactive Q&A with the instructors,” said GLCCSchool Coordinator Bill Rohde. “Each session runs about an hour, plus Q&A, and as a public service to reach as many recreational boaters as possible, the two-session class is discounted 75% off the normal per-session pricing to cover delivery costs, making registration only $10.00 for this webinar.” 

Webinar Instructors 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 seminar. With thousands and thousands of sea miles behind them, each brings both powerboating and sailing perspectives to the table.

Schedule and Curriculum

Tuesday, April 4: Basic Tools and Practices for Cruising Safety

Part One  of this webinar series addresses a boater’s need to periodically review and update information and procedures for their use of the safety equipment recommended for recreational cruising boats.  This session examines basic skills and tools for safe cruising. Topics explored will include effective VHF radio usage, making maximum use of Digital Selective Calling features on radios, use of safety equipment (i.e. throw bags, life slings, EPIRBs, AIS MOB locator devices, flares and fire extinguishers), knowing where critical safety equipment is stored and crew overboard retrieval methods.

Thursday, April 6: Putting Safety Skills into Practice in Short Handed Situations

Part Two of this series switches gears to delve into the realities of how we cruise, and explores the dynamics behind well understood and practiced safety procedures within that context. Most boaters are short-handed cruisers, typically with only two aboard in a husband-wife or cruising partner situation or perhaps as parents with young children.

To register please visit, click “Free Enrollment” to enroll with the school; register for the class here. Skipper and crew are encouraged to participate in class sessions together under one registration. Each registrant will receive links to review recordings of the sessions as often as they desire after broadcast of the live classes.


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To Learn More About the Great Lakes Cruising Club School visit: and

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