Fishing vessel drill conductor classes offered

Fishing vessels docked in Cordova Harbor. (Jan. 2, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith

Commercial harvesters and other marines will have an opportunity for hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices to survive emergencies at sea in a fishing vessel drill conductor course at Kodiak Feb. 28-29.

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is offering the course at the UFA Seafood and Marine Science Center for $95 for commercial fishermen and $175 for all others.  Interested mariners may register online at amsea.org or call 907-747-3287.

Instructor Art Schultz, will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, signal flares and mayday calls; man-overboard recovery; firefighting; flooding and damage control; dewatering pumps, immersion suits and PFDs, helicopter rescue, life rafts, abandon ship procedures, emergency drills, and an in-the-water practice session. AMSEA’s Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshops meet the U.S. Coast Guard training requirements for drill conductors on commercial fishing vessels, 46 CFR 28.270(c).

AMSEA is offering the class at a reduced cost to commercial fishermen, thanks to support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, and AMSEA members.

Another fishing vessel drill conductor class is set for Feb. 28 at Sitka, with instructor Jerry Dzugan presiding. Interested mariners may register for the Sitka class online also at amsea.org or call 907-747-3287.