Are you prepared to handle an emergency at sea? A free seminar on techniques for abandoning ship will be held at Sail Martha’s Vineyard, Main street, Vineyard Haven at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

Capt. Kent Dresser of Confident Captain-Ocean Pros will demonstrate the proper deployment of an inflatable liferaft, how to get in and out of the raft, what to carry in your ditch bag and what you need to know before, during, and after you abandon ship.

The seminar will include information about the latest in safety gear, heavy weather preparations, and a question-and-answer session where you can find answers to your safety questions.

Admission is free but space is limited. To register, call 508-696-7644.