SEMINARS

2019 Seminar Speakers

Richmond Sail And Power Squadron

 

Captain Jim Zeigler

Jim has been boating for 50 years in both power and sailing vessels on mid-west lakes, on the Chesapeake Bay and on the waters off the Southeast Coast.  Jim has navigated the Intracoastal Waterway and off-shore to Bermuda and The Bahamas.  As a Richmond Sail and Power Squadron Instructor, Jim teaches classroom and on-the-water from Basic Boat Handling to Advanced Navigation.

 

Captain Mike Silvay

Mike is an avid boater who cruises extensively around the Chesapeake Bay.  Mike is an Advance Pilot in the US Power Squadron and also functions as a certified Vessel Safety Examiner.  In addition, Mike is a member of the James River Advisory Council.

 

 

Captain Dave Childress

Dave, a retired US Navy Commander, has been boating since he was ten years old when he built his first boat.  Dave is a boating instructor for the Richmond Sail and Power Squadron, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the US Sea Scouts.  Dave has owned many trailered boats and currently owns three.

 

 

Captain Bill Simpson

With over 40 years of boating experience, Bill holds a USCG Master rating of 50 Tons both power and sail in inland waters.  He is an instructor with the Richmond Sail and Power Squadron, the American Sailing Association and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  Bill teaches classroom and on-the-water subjects such as Boat Handling, Coastal Navigation, Sailing, Cruising, and Docking.

 

 

Captain Dave Teets 

Dave has been boating for over 50 years on the Chesapeake Bay and its main tributaries.  He is a boating instructor in the Richmond Sail and Power Squadron and with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  Dave is a certified Vessel Safety Examiner and has provided this free boating safety check for hundreds of Virginia Boaters.

Friday, February 15, 2019

1:00pm - Captain Dave Teets: USCG Safety Equipment

If you are fairly new to boating, you need to be aware that there is mandatory equipment required by federal and state laws based on the type of vessel, passenger capacity and its length.  Dave will review these required and suggested safety items to ensure your vessel conforms to the law and that you are prepared for a safe and fun day on the water.

 

1:30pm - Captain Jim Zeigler:  VHF/DSC (Digital Selective Calling)

Getting immediate help on the water for you and your family is always your first concern.  Jim will show you how to use the DSC function on your VHF radio which has the ability to transmit your position coordinates to all DSC equipped vessels and the USCG.  He will also compare the advantages of the VHF radio over the use of cell phones and demonstrate the distress feature of the DSC equipped radio.

 

 

2:00pm - Captain Bill Simpson:  Anchoring

 Bill will cover the essentials of anchoring your boat whether it is a short lunch stop or an overnight stay with possible weather.  He will discuss the types of anchors, the rodes (anchor lines/chain) and how much rode to use (scope).  Next, Bill will cover the basic process of anchoring and the retrieval techniques when it’s time to get underway.  Lastly, he will offer some tips that will help make the anchoring experience as pleasant as possible.

 

2:30pm - Captain Dave Childress: Trailering Your Vessel

Dave will cover the essentials of trailering your vessel from storage to the launching ramp.  Subjects begin with the tow vehicle and hitch considerations and continues with trailer selection, equipment and maintenance.  Dave will talk about the process of hitching, towing, launching and recovering.  If you trailer your vessel, this seminar is a must for you.

 

3:00pm - Captain Mike Silvay: Boating Apps for the Recreational Boater

 Boating apps are becoming increasingly available for download into smartphones.  Mike Silva offers a high-level overview of several popular apps that provide recreational boaters additional tools for trip planning and obtaining other beneficial information while on the water.

 

3:30pm - Captain Dave Teets:   All About Vessel Safety Checks

 What a deal!  How often can you get something of great value for free by just asking?  Dave, who is a highly experienced VSC examiner, will discuss the program and how it has continually improved the safety and seaworthiness of recreational vessels.  He will review how the VSC is performed and what items are to be inspected.  In addition, Dave will share the many suggestions that have been revealed during previous safety checks.

 

4:00pm – Captain Jim Zeigler:  Tying Up Your Vessel

Jim will explain how to dock like a pro and prevent damage to your boat or injury to your crew by combining wind, current, vessel capability and dock lines in concert to safely dock or depart.  Also, considering tides and weather, he will review how to secure your vessel during longer stays at your destination.

 

4:30pm – Captain Bill Simpson: Basic Navigation Rules

The Navigation Rules, by law, apply to all vessels on the Inland Waters and International Waters.  Bill will begin with a brief explanation of your responsibilities and basic definitions.  He will then present the basic rules that each recreational boater must know to safely navigation his/her vessel in and around other vessels.  Bill will cover rules for lookout, safe speed, collision avoidance maneuver, meeting-crossing-overtaking rules and sound signal requirements.  If sailors are in attendance, basic sailing rules will be reviewed.

 

5:00pm – Captain Dave Childress:  Trailering Your Vessel

Dave will cover the essentials of trailering your vessel from storage to the launching ramp.  Subjects begin with the tow vehicle and hitch considerations and continues with trailer selection, equipment and maintenance.  Dave will talk about the process of hitching, towing, launching and recovering.  If you trailer your vessel, this seminar is a must for you.

 

 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

 

11:00am - Captain Mike Silvay:   Boating Apps for the Recreational Boater

Boating apps are becoming increasingly available for download into smartphones.  Mike Silva offers a high-level overview of several popular apps that provide recreational boaters additional tools for trip planning and obtaining other beneficial information while on the water.

 

11:30am - Captain Jim Zeigler:   Distress Signals 

This is boating knowledge you need but never want to use.  Jim will cover what the federal and state laws require of you concerning distress signals.  He will help you understand what kind of distress signals are available and how you safely use them.   In addition, Jim will give you some ideas on what to do if you have no signals readily available.

 

12:00pm - Captain Bill Simpson: Person Overboard

If someone falls or is ejected overboard from your vessel, will you be prepared?  Bill will present some of the things you can do to reduce the risk of someone unintentionally going overboard.  In addition, he will discuss your first response actions and plans for a quick recovery of the person in the water.  Bill will talk about what basic recovery gear you should have on board and more important, training your crew on how to make a safe recovery.

 

12:30pm - Captain Dave Teets:  USCG Safety Equipment

 If you are fairly new to boating, you need to be aware that there is mandatory equipment required by federal and state laws based on the type of vessel, passenger capacity and its length.  Dave will review these required and suggested safety items to ensure your vessel conforms to the law and that you are prepared for a safe and fun day on the water.

 

1:00pm - Captain Dave Childress:  Trailering Your Vessel

Dave will cover the essentials of trailering your vessel from storage to the launching ramp.  Subjects begin with the tow vehicle and hitch considerations and continues with trailer selection, equipment and maintenance.  Dave will talk about the process of hitching, towing, launching and recovering.  If you trailer your vessel, this seminar is a must for you.

 

 

1:30pm - Captain Dave Teets:   All About Vessel Safety Checks

What a deal!  How often can you get something of great value for free by just asking?  Dave, who is a highly experienced VSC examiner, will discuss the program and how it has continually improved the safety and seaworthiness of recreational vessels.  He will review how the VSC is performed and what items are to be inspected.  In addition, Dave will share the many suggestions that have been revealed during previous safety checks.

 

2:00pm - Captain Jim Zeigler:  Tying Up Your Vessel

Jim will explain how to dock like a pro and prevent damage to your boat or injury to your crew by combining wind, current, vessel capability and dock lines in concert to safely dock or depart.  Also, considering tides and weather, he will review how to secure your vessel during longer stays at your destination.

 

2:30pm - Captain Bill Simpson: Anchoring

Bill will cover the essentials of anchoring your boat whether it is a short lunch stop or an overnight stay with possible weather.  He will discuss the types of anchors, the rodes (anchor lines/chain) and how much rode to use (scope).  Next, Bill will cover the basic process of anchoring and the retrieval techniques when it’s time to get underway.  Lastly, he will offer some tips that will help make the anchoring experience as pleasant as possible.

 

3:00pm - Captain Mike Silvay:  Boating Apps for the Recreational Boater

Boating apps are becoming increasingly available for download into smartphones.  Mike Silva offers a high-level overview of several popular apps that provide recreational boaters additional tools for trip planning and obtaining other beneficial information while on the water.

 

 

3:30pm - Captain Dave Childress: Trailering Your Vessel

Dave will cover the essentials of trailering your vessel from storage to the launching ramp.  Subjects begin with the tow vehicle and hitch considerations and continues with trailer selection, equipment and maintenance.  Dave will talk about the process of hitching, towing, launching and recovering.  If you trailer your vessel, this seminar is a must for you.

 

4:00pm  - Captain Dave Teets: All About Life Jackets

 Call them life preservers, or personal flotation devices (PFDs) or whatever, Dave will tell you everything you need to know about them.  He will be discussing the many types and styles as well as the application of each.  He will also cover the proper use of the life jacket and their proper storage while in port or underway.  In addition, Dave will review the USCG “carry requirements” for all vessels on the water.

 

4:30pm - Captain Jim Zeigler: Distress Signals

This is boating knowledge you need but never want to use.  Jim will cover what the federal and state laws require of you concerning distress signals.  He will help you understand what kind of distress signals are available and how you safely use them.   In addition, Jim will give you some ideas on what to do if you have no signals readily available.

 

5:00pm – Captain Bill Simpson: Basic Navigation Rules   

The Navigation Rules, by law, apply to all vessels on the Inland Waters and International Waters.  Bill will begin with a brief explanation of your responsibilities and basic definitions.  He will then present the basic rules that each recreational boater must know to safely navigation his/her vessel in and around other vessels.  Bill will cover rules for lookout, safe speed, collision avoidance maneuver, meeting-crossing-overtaking rules and sound signal requirements.  If sailors are in attendance, basic sailing rules will be reviewed.

 

 

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

 

11:00am - Captain Mike Silvay: Boating Apps for the Recreational Boater

Boating apps are becoming increasingly available for download into smartphones.  Mike Silva offers a high-level overview of several popular apps that provide recreational boaters additional tools for trip planning and obtaining other beneficial information while on the water.

 

11:30am - Captain Dave Childress:  Trailering Your Vessel

 Dave will cover the essentials of trailering your vessel from storage to the launching ramp.  Subjects begin with the tow vehicle and hitch considerations and continues with trailer selection, equipment and maintenance.  Dave will talk about the process of hitching, towing, launching and recovering.  If you trailer your vessel, this seminar is a must for you.

 

12:00pm - Captain Dave Teets:  All About Vessel Safety Checks

What a deal!  How often can you get something of great value for free by just asking?  Dave, who is a highly experienced VSC examiner, will discuss the program and how it has continually improved the safety and seaworthiness of recreational vessels.  He will review how the VSC is performed and what items are to be inspected.  In addition, Dave will share the many suggestions that have been revealed during previous safety checks.

 

12:30pm - Captain Jim Zeigler:  VHF/DSC (Digital Selective Calling)

Getting immediate help on the water for you and your family is always your first concern.  Jim will show you how to use the DSC function on your VHF radio which has the ability to transmit your position coordinates to all DSC equipped vessels and the USCG.  He will also compare the advantages of the VHF radio over the use of cell phones and demonstrate the distress feature of the DSC equipped radio.

 

1:00pm - Captain Bill Simpson: Person Overboard

If someone falls or is ejected overboard from your vessel, will you be prepared?  Bill will present some of the things you can do to reduce the risk of someone unintentionally going overboard.  In addition, he will discuss your first response actions and plans for a quick recovery of the person in the water.  Bill will talk about what basic recovery gear you should have on board and more important, training your crew on how to make a safe recovery.

 

1:30pm - Captain Jim Zeigler: Distress Signals

This is boating knowledge you need but never want to use.  Jim will cover what the federal and state laws require of you concerning distress signals.  He will help you understand what kind of distress signals are available and how you safely use them.   In addition, Jim will give you some ideas on what to do if you have no signals readily available.

FEBRUARY 14-16, 2020

Richmond Raceway