AMSEA plans drill conductor course in Sitka

Marine vessels near Cordova Harbor. (May 12, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Fishing vessel drill conductor training will be offered in Sitka on June 18 by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, providing a hands-on experience with marine safety equipment and best practices for surviving emergencies at sea.

The cost is $53 for commercial fishermen and $185.50 for all others. Participants must provide their own cloth face mask and agree to follow mandates and recommendations to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Register at or call 907-747-3287.

Instructor Jerry Dzugan 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 and emergency drills. 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).

The cost of the class for commercial fishermen is reduced thanks to support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, the U.S. Coast Guard and AMSEA members.