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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. OK, maybe this is not an emergency (and Mayday is not a term to be used casually), but we're here to help. In this section, we talk about How to become a Member and How to sign up for a Cruise or Event. And we explain our social community and special member communication features in About the NSA Social Community. Also check out Using Community Forums. Finally, we provide a list of Useful links and documents If you want additional information about the NSA, go to About Or Contact Us by dropping us e-mail at

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By the way, here are the definitions of real distress calls used on the water.


Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications. It derives from the French venez m'aider, meaning "come help me". It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by mariners and aviators, but in some countries local organizations such as police forces, firefighters, and transportation organizations also use the term. The call is always given three times in a row ("Mayday Mayday Mayday") to prevent mistaking it for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual Mayday call from a message about a Mayday call.


Pan-pan (from the French: panne – a breakdown) indicates an urgent situation of a lower order than a "grave and imminent threat requiring immediate assistance," such as a mechanical breakdown or a medical problem. The suffix medico used to be added by vessels in UK waters to indicate a medical problem (Pan-Pan medico, repeated three times), or by aircraft declaring a non-life-threatening medical emergency of a passenger in flight, or those operating as protected medical transport in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. "Pan-pan medico" is no longer in official use.


 (pronounced Say Cure E Tay, from French sécurité — safety) indicates a message about safety, such as a hazard to navigation or weather information.

Source: Wikipedia

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