Marine Safety Instructor course slated for Sitka

A marine safety instructor training class Sept. 21-26 in Sitka will train participants to teach cold water survival procedures, use of marine safety equipment and vessel safety drills.

The course, offered by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, is the only marine safety instructor course specific to commercial fishing that is nationally accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The course will cover subjects ranging from methods of marine safety instruction, emergency procedures, risk assessment and cold-water survival skills to man-overboard recovery, firefighting, flooding control and cross-cultural communication. AMSEA recommends this workshop for anyone who wants to provide cold-water survival, shore-side survival or other marine safety instruction. Hands on experience in survival equipment use and procedures will be provided.

Those completing the course will be prepared to teach AMSEA’s fishing vessel drill conductor training, pending authorization from the Coast Guard.

The cost for participation is $995. Partial scholarships are available for qualifying commercial fishermen, thanks to support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Interested mariners may register at or call 907-747-3287.