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All you need is the Internet—and a desire to learn!

Seven Seas Cruising Association can help you learn the skills and acquire the knowledge that you need to be a successful cruiser. At Seven Seas U you can take courses online - no matter where you live. All you need is the Internet!

With today's cutting edge technology, our instructors offer courses on the web that include presentations, video, sound and other multi-media and allow participants to actively engage with the instructor. Those that prefer to learn at their own pace can try our Anytime Learning modules that can be downloaded to a tablet device for offline viewing at your convenience - and you can still interact with the instructor via email.

Courses are available on essential topics such as marine weather, communications, safety at sea, navigation, boat systems and maintenance. And cruisers from across the globe bring you insights into the cruising lifestyle and exotic cruising destinations.

Seven Seas U uses the Webex platform for our live webinars. You must install the Cisco Webex plugin to watch a live webinar.  For a mobile device, install the Cisco Webex Meeting app from the App Store. Visit the CISCO Webex Test Meeting website to setup your computer or mobile device prior to attending a live webinar.

Seven Seas U is open to both SSCA members and non-members; however, SSCA Members receive a discount on every Seven Seas U course!

Upcoming Live Webinars:

Seven Seas U’s September series continues our focuses on weather forecasting and features Chris Parker, founder of the Marine Weather Center.


WXR212: GRIB Data and Weather Forecasting (2-nights)
Wednesday, September 19 & 26, 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, 7:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain and Pacific
Registration Fees: $40 Members / $50 Non-Members More Info/Register
Members, remember to use the discount code during the registration process.

GRIdded Binary (GRIB) weather forecast data is increasingly one of the most popular forms of weather data used by cruisers and professional mariners. They are typically smaller and more convenient than bitmapped WeatherFax charts. GRIB viewers also animate the development of weather systems at intervals smaller than WeatherFax charts. However, they do have their limitations and are best used as one tool in a more comprehensive forecast system that may include WeatherFax charts, a professional weather router and onboard observations.

Whether your goal is to completely self-sufficient or to also use a professional routing services, a solid understanding of GRIB data and viewers is an essential tool in your weather forecasting toolbox!

Chris is a former liveaboard sailor and cruised the Caribbean and Bahamas for five years. He has a passion for both weather and boating and he shares his vessel-specific weather forecasts and routing advice over SSB radio. He has presented more than 30 seminars to various groups and is the author of Coastal and Offshore Weather: The Essential Handbook.

DES114: Cruising the Leeward Islands
Tuesday, October 2, 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, 7:00 pm Central, 5:00 pm Mountain and Pacific
Registration Fees: $8 Members / $10 Non-Members More Info/Register
Members, remember to use the discount code during the registration process.

Bob Osborn cruised the Windward Islands with his wife Brenda during the 2017 winter season. This webinar is full of practical tips, favorite anchorages and amazing photography. It will definitely feed your dreams of cruising these beautiful islands and provide practical information along the way.

The only thing better than actually cruising yourself is talking with someone who did so recently, who can share their experiences, photos, and delights.

Bob has been an enthusiastic cruiser since the late 1970s, cruising from the Chesapeake Bay to eastern Maine. In 2012, he and Brenda expanded their cruising area. Most recently they explored the Leeward and Windward Islands. Bob has organized the SSCA Essex Summer Solstice Gam for the last six years and serves on the Board of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association.


FREE Recorded Webinars:

These webinar recordings are free to SSCA members and non-members, you just have to register by clicking the Register button.

DES113R: Cruising the Windward Islands (FREE)
Recorded Tuesday, August 15, 2018  Register

Bob Osborn cruised the Windward Islands with his wife Brenda during the 2017 winter season. This webinar is full of practical tips, favorite anchorages and amazing photography. It will definitely feed your dreams of cruising these beautiful islands and provide practical information along the way.

The only thing better than actually cruising yourself is talking with someone who did so recently, who can share their experiences, photos, and delights.

Bob has been an enthusiastic cruiser since the late 1970s, cruising from the Chesapeake Bay to eastern Maine. In 2012, he and Brenda expanded their cruising area. Most recently they explored the Leeward and Windward Islands. Bob has organized the SSCA Essex Summer Solstice Gam for the last six years and serves on the Board of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association.

CLS106R: What you Need to Know About Yacht Insurance (FREE) Register

Al Golden knows marine insurance-who regulates it, who the main players are, what to look for in their policies, and whether you really need it!

Detailed Information: When it comes to yacht insurance, you’ve got questions. Al Golden, the Marine Insurance Guy, has answers! Al Golden, President of IMIS Corp and, more importantly, a long term, long range voyager, takes a long, hard, sometimes irreverent look at the maritime insurance industry. Find out who regulates it, who the main players are, what to look for in their forms, and even whether you really need insurance in the first place! This is a great opportunity to listen to a guy who is willing to tell it like it is! This recording is presented in the mobile friendly MP4 format.

CLS111R: Managing the Risks of Offshore Sailing (FREE) Register

Offshore sailors face some risks that may not be obvious to coastal sailors. In this FREE webinar, circumnavigator Charlie Simon helps you identify and understand the risks, plan to avoid or minimize the risks and then prepare for the dangers that are unavoidable.

Some risks are the same offshore as they are ashore or even at the dock. However, offshore things will break, you will get tired and you will sometime get a little banged up. Charlie discusses many topics including watch keeping, the importance of maintenance, and dispel a few common misconceptions. This recording is presented in the mobile friendly MP4 format.

WXR200R: Intro to Marine Weather (FREE) Register
Want to cruise safer, faster with more comfort? Knowing more about marine weather is the answer. Lee Chesneau discusses why marine weather is an essential skill that all small boat captains must master for the comfort and safety of their crews.

Lee Chesneau provides regular 5-day courses to professional mariners using his experience developed in the Navy, NOAA and the private sector in marine weather forecasting and routing. Lee has adapted his course for the cruiser and for the webinar format and offers the complete curriculum on Seven Seas U.

With presentations, reading assignments and hands-on exercises you will learn to decide when is the right time to leave the dock or anchorage and the best route to take for the speed and comfort level that matches your crews experience and capabilities. This is not your usual sit back and listen webinar series, and you are expected to study and participate to learn this important topic. This recording is presented in the mobile friendly MP4 format.

To register for one of the paid webinars or recordings:

 

1. Click on a REGISTER button above. Note that the price shown on the screen that opens does not include your SSCA member discount, that will be applied soon.

2. Click the blue Register button on the "Link Status" line.

3. Enter your First nameLast name and Email address in the text boxes provided.

4. Enter your email address a second time in the Confirm email address text box, and then click the [Submit] button.

5. On the payment information screen, enter the SSCA Member promotion code in the box provided and then click the [Apply] button. If you are not a member, leave the field blank.

6. Click the PayPal Check out button, and complete your payment at the member discounted price, if applicable.

7.  Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.


For questions or to be added to the Seven Seas U subscriber list, email Administrator at Seven Seas U.

 

To register for one of the free webinars or recordings:

 

1. Click on a REGISTER button above.

2. Click the blue Register button on the "Link Status" line.

3.Enter your First nameLast name and Email address in the text boxes provided.

4. Enter your email address a second time in the Confirm email address text box, and then click the [Submit] button.

5.  Once the system approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.


For questions or to be added to the Seven Seas U subscriber list, email Administrator at Seven Seas U.

 


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SSCA
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Phone: (754) 702-5068
Email: office@ssca.org