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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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COM113: Communications for Cruisers

Speaker: Richard Anderson, Sea-Tech Systems

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:00pm EDT

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

Richard discusses the traditional and cutting edge communications options available to cruising boats. As an active cruiser and one of the owners of Sea-Tech systems, he fully understands the way that cruisers use multiple overlapping technologies to meet their needs: Cellular Voice and Broadband, Wireless Fidelity (WiFi), Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), VHF FM radio, HF Single-Sideband radio, Automatic Information System (AIS), Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Geo and Leo satellite phones, personal satellite trackers, and broadband satellite terminals when offshore. Whether you simply want to stay in touch with family and friends or want to run a business from your boat, you will learn how to select the technologies to meet your specific needs and budget.

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WXR100: Basic Weather

Speaker: Chris Parker, Marine Weather Center

Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:00pm EDT

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

WXR100R: Basic Weather is the first in a twelve-part Third Thursday Weather Webinar series on marine weather featuring Chris Parker. The 3rd Thursday of each month, Chris will present an essential marine weather topic. This webinar is a popular introduction to weather concepts and provides a foundation for those who attend for the subsequent webinars. In the this webinar, Chris’ entertaining style and unique graphics provide an easy introduction to the key concepts and mechanisms to the weather. If you have never taken any weather courses before or if you’ve struggled understanding basic marine weather books, this is the course for you.

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SYS105: Offshore Energy Management and Design

Speaker: Bob Williams, S.A.L.T.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 8:00pm EDT

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

Whether your goal is to upgrade your boat to cruise “off the grid” or to just better understand your existing electrical systems, this webinar provides you with a solid foundation in todays onboard energy technology. Bob Williams explores the critical issue of power management aboard cruising vessels focusing on three principal considerations in balancing the energy equation: energy production, energy storage, and efficient energy consumption. With the aid of detailed photos and system diagrams, Bob explores the critical issue of power management aboard recreational vessels. He examines various electrical system designs describing the characteristics of various types of alternators, solar systems and wind turbines and batteries. Bob will guide you through several example systems to ensure you are able to select products for maximum efficiency. Bob also discloses several design flaws commonly found on cruising boats.

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NAV104: OpenCPN Unleashed

Speaker: TBD

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:00pm EDT

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

OpenCPN is a free chartplotter and navigational software program for use underway or as a planning tool. It supports Windows, Mac OS and Linux platforms. It is developed by a team of active sailors using real world conditions for program testing and refinement. It supports a wide range of chart formats. The new 5.0 version is a major update in both looks and features. It introduces some very powerful tools – split, or dual, chart panels and saved configurations in form of templates. This webinar introduces OpenCPN, discusses how to download and install it, how to install charts, how to create and manage waypoints and routes, and how to adjust setting for the optimum display of ENC vector charts. The webinar also presents some of the most popular plugins for OpenCPN including Dashboard, GRIB viewer, Chart Downloader, Radar Overlay, and the World Magnetic Model.

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CLS116: Getting the Most Out of Your SSCA Membership

Speaker: Rich Boren, Cruise RO, VP SSCA

Tuesday, July 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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WXR101: Introduction to Marine Weather

Speaker: Chris Parker, Marine Weather Center

Thursday, July 18, 2019 8:00pm EDT

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

WXR101: Introduction to Marine Weather is the second in a three-part webinar series on basic marine weather concepts featuring Chris Parker. Said Chris, "Every time I present this course, I'm amazed by how many people tell me that, for the first time, they now really understandsomething about Marine Weather." The three main points of this weather module are: 1. The energy transfer cycle at the local, regional and global levels (the reason that weather exists); 2. Pressure gradients produced by the energy transfer cycles (the reason that wind exists); and 3. How local effects can alter the forecasted weather. The series continues next month with WXR102: Upper-Level Weather. After taking this course you’ll be able to describe the energy transfer cycle at the sea breeze, regional and global levels, how the pressure gradient between low and high pressure regions create wind, read the key features on a surface forecast weatherfax chart, and describe how land masses, clouds and other local effects can alter the strength and direction of the wind forecast. If you’re planning your first offshore passage or simply have felt that you were not able to understand weather information in the past, plan now to attend this introductory webinar, by Chris Parker.

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SYS106: Optimizing Solar and Wind Energy

Speaker: Bob Williams, S.A.L.T.

July 30, 2019 8:00pm EDT

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

Solar and wind energy generation have benefited significantly both in efficiency and cost because of the wide spread application of these renewable energy technologies worldwide, especially for land based applications. Wind and solar energy are typically complementary because solar panels provide power on clear sunny days and wind generators provide power on overcast windy days. Bob discusses the balance between cost-per-watt and output efficiency of the mono crystal, multi-crystal and thin film solar panel technologies. He covers the differences between the older PWM regulators and the more advanced MPPT regulators for maximizing the battery charge from your solar panels. Mounting solar panels is also a balance between the limited space on smaller sailboats and the losses experienced due to shadowing from spars and rigging. Finally bob discusses the current wind generators and cautions against believing all the manufacturer output claims that assume optimistic voltage and wind ratings. He concludes with the safe mounting of wind generators.

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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.

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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.

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Marine Weather Center
Marine Weather Center
500 Oakbrook Lane
Summerville, SC 29485
Phone: (754) 702-5068