AMSEA drill conductor course set for April 27

Registration is open for the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association’s fishing vessel drill conductor class at Pioneers of Alaska Igloo No. 19 in Cordova on April 27.

The cost is $125 for commercial fishermen and $17 for all others.

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

Instructor Joe Chaszar will cover cold-water survival skills, emergency position indicating radio beacons, signal flares and mayday calls.

Also included in the course will be man-overboard recovery; firefighting; flooding and damage control; dewatering pumps, immersion suits and personal flotation devices; helicopter rescue, life rafts, and abandon ship procedures; and emergency drills.

AMSEA is able to offer the class at a reduced cost to commercial fishermen because of support from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; the U.S. Coast Guard; and AMSEA members.


The course provides an opportunity for commercial fishermen and other mariners to get hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices for surviving emergencies at sea. The course meets U.S. Coast Guard training requirements for drill conductors on commercial fishing vessels.