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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! Click on any of the green the member discount icons to get the current member discount code.

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COM112: Icom IC-M802 Starting from Scratch (2 nights)

Wednesday/Thursday, March 20/21, 2019, 8:00pm EDT

Registration fee: $40 members, $50 non-members

In this webinar, Icom IC M802 Starting from Scratch, Terry Sparks will take you soups to nuts on buying, installing and testing an HF SSB radio. It covers HF SSB basics; Ships Licensing; purchasing the right parts; installation the parts right; configuring the radio; testing the system; and setting up your HF SSB email. Hiring someone to install your radio can be very expensive and in many cases it produces poor results because the average marina engineer is not an HF Radio expert. Even if you hire someone to install your radio, this webinar will provide you with simple tests to make sure you have a good installation. These test may be essential and perhaps life saving when you are offshore and there isn't anyone else to help. A complete check sheet is provided so you or anyone else does not miss an important step. If you are planning to buy an HF SSB radio or just getting ready to install one, you will save time and money if you attend this webinar before installation.

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DES115: Crossing the Atlantic and Back

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 8:00pm EDT

Registration fee: $20 members, $25 non-members

"We can't afford the airfare, so let's sail our children to school in France!"" That is what Pam Wall and her family did. The children were to go to school in Europe, and instead of flying them across the ocean, the whole family sailed across the Atlantic! Come and share the Atlantic crossing from Florida to Ireland and France and back. See the islands in the Atlantic, visit Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. Cruise back through the West Indies to Florida. See their one year Atlantic Circle aboard a thirty nine foot sloop.

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CLS110: Cruising with Pets (3 nights)

Thursdays, April 4, 11 & 18, 2019, 8:00pm EDT

Registration fee: $60 members, $75 non-members

We all love our pets, and we want them to be part of our life when we leave the dock. But how will THEY adjust to the cruising live style? How do we keep them safe and healthy in exotic locations? What medical supplies do you need to take that you didn’t need at home? Dr. Dave LaVigne prepares you to take pets aboard on a moderate to extended cruise. He recommends the medical supplies you need to take with you, which vary depending on your skill level, the length of your cruise, and the locations you will visit. He will present the bare minimum supplies to have on board and expands to an extensive veterinary medical kit. Dave also talks about the entrance requirements for taking your pet into various countries and how to prepare in advance, local and regional dangers for pets living aboard in tropical waters along with common health problems that might be encountered or even expected, feeding your pet on an extended cruise, and common sense pet safety. Discussion is mostly limited to dogs and cats as cruising companions. This webinar is presented in 3 parts, beginning Thursday, April 4rd and continuing on the following two Thursdays (April 11 & 18). If you cannot make all 3 sessions live, you will receive expedited links to the recorded webinars to keep you on track.

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CLS116: Getting the Most Out of Your SSCA Membership

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 8:00pm EDT

Registration fee: free

The Seven Seas Cruising Association is the oldest and largest worldwide organization supporting the liveaboard cruising lifestyle. Founded in 1952 by six liveaboard couples in California and now with members worldwide, today’s SSCA remains true to the traditions of its original members—sharing cruising information, fostering camaraderie, and leaving a clean wake. But what are all the benefits of your SSCA membership? Rich Boren will introduce many oof the key benefits of SSCA membership including cruising information, member discounts, the Bulletin newsletter, Seven Seas U and the GAMs. Rich will tell you what is available and how to find it on the SSCA website. Whether you are new to the SSCA or just unsure of everything that is available, it pays to attend this free webinar.

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NAV104: Radar Made Simple for Cruisers (2 nights)

Wednesday/Thursday, April 24/25, 2019 8:00pm EDT

Registration fee: $40 members, $50 non-members

Radar Made Simple for Cruisers shows you to use your radar to navigate with confidence and to avoid collisions with other vessels, land masses and many other obstacles floating around in your path. Radar helps you find your way in during the day when traffic is heavy, at night when it is difficult to see many obstacles, and in low visibility such as fog. Terry will show you simple techniques and tricks to determine how close a big ship will come to your vessel. You will learn how to apply the 3-minute and 6-minute rules to quickly estimate how soon a contact will close on your position, so you can make a timely collision avoidance maneuver. Radar is a valuable asset on your boat and you should not head to sea without one aboard and knowing how to use it, especially if you are heading to a location where the charts are poor. This webinar provides you with the techniques and examples in a format that everyone on board can understand. Most professional mariners agree that if they could only have one instrument onboard it has to be a radar. GPS only tells you the way it should be, radar tells you the way it is. AIS tells you about those ships that are broadcasting their information and tells you nothing about other obstacles.

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SEA104: Stack the Odds in Your Favor

Tuesday, April 30 2019, 8:00pm EDT

Registration fee: $20 members, $25 non-members

Before you leave the dock, implement risk management by using proper planning. Capt. Rahm has adapted the military’s risk reduction process and customized it specifically for sailing. This seminar will improve the way you make decisions, prepare for sailing, and operate your boat. Topics include equipment, docking, crew coordination, crew overboard, weather, route planning, and more. You owe it to yourself and your crew to login and get the odds stacked in your favor.

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Recorded Webinars

Every webinar is recorded are available to free to those that register for the live webinar for 120 days. After that period, the recorded webinar is available to all SSCA members and non-members at a fee. Recorded Webinars Catalog

FREE Recorded Webinars

Several webinar recordings are free to SSCA members and non-members.

Free Recorded Webinars Catalog 

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.



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