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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 is open to both SSCA members and non-members; however, SSCA members attend webinars for free or at a discounted rate.  All members in SSCA receive a FREE membership to Seven Seas University with free unlimited access to all of our free-for-member educational webinars.

Recorded Webinars

Members can enjoy a library of free recorded webinars by visiting this members-only page.
Members and non-members can enjoy these free recorded webinars.

Upcoming Webinars

SSCA CSH/SSU Series: NOAA Charts, Coming Changes
Join us for an interactive session with NOAA Federal representatives who will cover current and future marine charting. NOAA Coast Survey maintains the nation’s nautical charts and publications for U.S. coasts and the Great Lakes. NOAA creates and maintains over a thousand charts covering 95,000 miles of shoreline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of water used by mariners. If you use paper, raster or electronic charts/chartplotter or mobile apps, this webinar is for you.  Learn about chart updating, sunsetting of paper/raster products, and the future of NOAA charts that we all use. Learn about chart updates. Please join us!

When: Dec 10, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: SSCA CSH/SSU Series: NOAA Charts, Coming Changes
Fees:  Free for SSCA Members, $5.00 for Non-Members


After registering, you will receive an initial registration confirmation and then 24-48 hours before the webinar you will receive an email with a link to access the live presentation.  On-demand viewing will also be available for a limited time after the live event for registered attendees. 


Webinar Speakers

Steve Soherr (NOAA Office of Coastal Survey, ASSIST @NOAA Federal)
Steve Soherr is a customer specialist within the NOAA Office of Coast Survey Navigation Services Division. He currently manages the Office of Coast Survey’s ASSIST inquiry and chart discrepancy reporting system, providing customers with  information about NOAA charting products and services, and insuring that reported chart discrepancies are addressed. He has 26 years of experience within NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey working in a variety of capacities including as a cartographer and navigation manager for the Upper Chesapeake Bay region. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Geology from James Madison University and currently resides in Poolesville, MD with his wife Laurie and their hound dog Scarlet.  He enjoys fishing, playing guitar, billiards, antiques, and metal detecting in his free time.    [November 2020]

Colleen Roche (NOAA NE Navigation Manager, Navigation Services Division @NOAA Federal)

Colleen Roche is the North East Navigation Manager in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Navigation Services Division. She works directly with pilots, mariners, port authorities, and recreational boaters to identify navigational challenges facing the marine transportation system, and provide the resources and services that promote safe and efficient navigation. Prior to the Navigation Services Division, she worked as an engineer at NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services ensuring the operational capacity of the National Water Level Observation Network and the National Current Observation Program. Before coming to NOAA, she worked as a coastal engineer for 8 years supporting port design and expansion, environmental remediation and beach renourishment efforts. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.  [November 2020]

Colby Harmon (NOAA Marine Chart Division, Project Manager @NOAA Federal)
Colby Harmon is a staff cartographer and project manager in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Chart Division. He participates in and manages many special projects, including teaching segments of the NOAA Nautical Cartography Graduate Program. Held leading roles in creating the National Charting Plan, the Transforming the NOAA ENC® implementation plan, and the plan for Sunsetting Traditional NOAA Paper Charts.Prior to NOAA, he worked at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and its predecessor organizations for 22 years. Harmon has over 30 years of experience in the development of digital and analog map symbology for NGA, NOAA, and the International Hydrographic Organization. Harmon started his federal career in 1975, serving in the U.S. Air Force as a geodetic surveyor. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College.  [November 2020]

Bob Sherer (Contributing editor to Waterway Guide Media, author and coastal navigation expert)

Giorgio Ghiggini (Principle of GeoData Engineering, Viareggio, Italy,  designer of the Aqua Map mobile navigation application)

SSCA CSH Series:  Update on COVID in the Caribbean
Join us for an interactive session with our Seven Seas Cruising Station Hosts (CSH) in regards to new rules and regulations in the Caribbean. This is one of a series of informational webinars to help our cruising audience determine the on the ground situation in various areas they plan to visit now or in the future. The series includes various Cruising Station Hosts from Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and more. Please join us!

When:  Jan 7, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic:  SSCA CSH Series:  Update on COVID in the Caribbean
Fee:  Free for Members and Non-Members




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