PUBLISHED: 2:29 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Safety and survival training for mariners
As a part of gearing up for the fishing and boating season, commercial fishermen and other boaters will be offered a one-day, hands-on safety and survival workshop in Sitka on Saturday March 19 by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA). A two-day version of the same workshop will be held in Juneau on Fri. March 25 and Sat. March 26. Cost for this course is $125.00, but it is available free to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the USCG.

This training is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is open to all mariners, whether or not they are commercial fishermen.

During this course, participants practice with emergency equipment that should be onboard any commercial fishing or other sizeable vessel - PFDs, life rafts, immersion suits, EPIRBs, fire extinguishers. They learn and practice emergency procedures like man overboard, abandon ship, fire fighting and flooding control.

Mariners who have already taken the course are encouraged to attend again to refresh their skills. A study by NIOSH determined that after five years, the effectiveness of training in reducing fatalities declines significantly.

For additional information or to register, contact AMSEA at 907-747-3287 or

Safety and survival training for mariners