The waterfront staff is hard at work preparing the course outline, organizing instructors and logistics, and researching ways to make improvements to the hands-on format developed in 2006. Rick Dominique has been ironing out bugs with the U.S. Sailing Registration process, Ralf Steitz has been nailing down the top notch instructors and presenters that will be teaching this years seminar. The biggest change for this year will be ISAF Certification as well as U.S. Sailing and some new and updated topics. I just returned from a day at the Combat Survival Pool at the U.S. Military Academy, and hope to apply some of what I saw to our in-the-water survival training. The Combat Survival Pool added realism to the drills by providing for darkness, waves, sound and rain. With these elements present, it helps student realize that survival skills must become second nature, as in the event of an emergency so much mental capacity will be used in assessing and dealing with environmental and situational details. Here are a few pictures of our midshipmen in action in the pool.
Chris Gasiorek, Sailing Master