Membership - American Sail Training Association

Meetings and Events

Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships

Tall Ships America's Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships gathers ships' masters, crewmembers, program administrators, educators, environmentalists, port representatives, festival managers and more for an information-packed three day conference.  Topics include vessel operations, regulatory issues, management, educational programming, and safety at sea, as well as media relations, marketing, funding, communications, and port event organization. The Tall Ships America Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is both fun and informative and is known for its high “take away value”, networking opportunities and camaraderie.

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Safety Under Sail Forum

The Safety Under Sail Forum expands the dialogue among professional mariners by presenting case studies of actual incidents at sea, discussing emerging technologies, and sharing “best practices” so as to constantly insure a high level of safety and professionalism in the sail training industry. Professionals engaged in sail training, sea education, vessel operations, and tall ship events from throughout the world participate in this annual symposium. Topics covered have included preparing for heavy weather, hypothermia, technology and forecasting, survival gear and much more.  The Safety Forum is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships. 

Educators and Administrators Forum

This forum is designed to inform and inspire excellence in the development and delivery of educational experiences under sail as well as address organizational sustainability. Going beyond just “how-to” educate, the forum covers a wide variety of topics including the latest in teaching techniques and resources, establishing successful partnerships with schools, communities and others, marketing, fundraising, development and more. The Educators and Administrators Forum is for educators AND those responsible for the marketing, development, sustainability and community outreach of educational programs under sail!

Regional Meetings - Overview

Regional-Atlantic, Pacific and Great Lakes-meetings are held in the Fall.  These meetings are less formal than our annual conference, but like the conference, we encourage our professional members to submit ideas for locations and topics.

The regional meetings offer an opportunity for the host to showcase their facility and programs while providing an intimate setting for attendees to network.  A typical regional meeting may include a tour, special presentation, safety demonstration, day sail, luncheon and reception.

If your organization would like to host a regional meeting, please send a letter of interest along with a proposed agenda to Lori Aguiar, Dierctor of Operations, Tall Ships America

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