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    Are You Safe or Sunk?

    Verifying and Interpreting Insurance Coverage


    Protecting your marina and boatyard, and avoiding potential lawsuits, from uninsured or underinsured boaters, vendors and contractors is a critical risk management issue.

    The Marine Recreation Association has scheduled the first in their series of Regional Training Seminars for marina operators and management staff, focused on the importance of verifying and interpreting various insurance coverages that should be required.
    Does that Certificate of Insurance truly cover the contractors and others you let work on your marina premises? Are you exposed and liable in the event of property damage, injury or death caused by others, even though you may be named “Additional Insured” on their policy?
    This training session will guide you through steps to ensure that your marina or boatyard is protected from uninsured or underinsured boaters, vendors and contractors, and will teach you how to read and interpret Certificates of Insurance and policy Declaration Pages correctly.
    The three-hour course is designed to be interactive and will be led by Jim Oberg, Property Casualty Insurance Agent with Douglas K. Smith Marine Insurance Services, Inc., and Shelley Griffin, Director of Marina Operations at The Bay Club Hotel & Marina. Jim has been in the Marine Insurance business for seventeen years, and has worked as a shipwright, deckhand, and boat delivery hand on both coasts and Mexico. Shelley has managed the premier marina operations at The Bay Club since 2005, and been actively involved in marine industry regulatory, legislative, and environmental issues.
    Their presentation will explore the different business and ownership structures (sole proprietor, corporation, LLC, etc.) and what type of coverage you should require from each to protect your marina or boatyard from unexpected but inevitable events. The course will also touch on the new AB-5 legislation and how it affects insurance coverage based on worker classifications, and the importance of MGL / SRLL Insurance so you can be confident that you took all the necessary steps to protect your business and others within your marina and boatyard environment.
    The upcoming Are You Safe or Sunk? seminar locations and schedule are as follow:


    San Diego Seminar

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020│9:00 am - Noon

    The Bay Club Hotel and Marina

    2131 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106


    Los Angeles Seminar

    Thursday, March 12, 2020│9:00 am - Noon

    California Yacht Marina - Cabrillo Marina

    224 Whalers Walk, San Pedro, CA 90731



    Alameda Seminar

    Thursday, April 2, 2020│9:00 - Noon

    Safe Harbor Ballena Isle - Ballena Bay Yacht Club

    1150 Ballena Blvd., Alameda, CA 94501




    If postmarked before 5 business day prior to the event MRA Member Price Non - MRA Member Price
    First Attendee



    Additional Attendees $119.00 $149.00
    If postmarked after 5 business day prior to the event MRA Member Price Non MRA Member Price
    First Attendee $159.00 $189.00
    Additional Attendees $139.00 $159.00

    For additional information and to register, contact Mariann Timms by phone at (209) 334-0661, or email at 

    The Marine Recreation Association is a professional organization that represents marina owners, operators, and industry professionals located throughout the western United States with additional members in Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Created more than 49 years ago, the MRA actively promotes and represents recreational boating interests while providing educational management and operations seminars, and information for marine industry owners, operators, and staff.

     February 17, 2020