Welcome to AMSEA!

AMSEA provides marine safety training for commercial fishermen, subsistence & recreational boaters, and youth & women boaters throughout Alaska and across the United States. AMSEA's Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Trainings are accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard and meet the training requirements for fishermen onboard commercial fishing vessels.


Look for a workshop near you in the list of Upcoming Courses or the in the Course Calendar. Find information on cold-water safety & survival, meeting U.S.C.G. safety requirements, videos, useful links, and past editions of AMSEA's newsletter, Marine Safety Updates, on our Info & Links page. Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us and we'll see if we can help. Welcome aboard!


October 28, 2019

AMSEA strives to train marine safety instructors on every coast. That's why we hold Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) classes not only in Alaska, but in different parts of the country each year.

Our next MSIT will be held February 3-8, in Abbeville, Louisiana. Th...

October 24, 2019

If you have ever attended an AMSEA Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor class, the chances are very good that you received your training at no cost or at a reduced cost for tuition. AMSEA has been able to provide free and discounted training to commercial fishermen thanks to...

October 4, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard has updated a Marine Safety Alert from 2018 about defective personal flotation devices (PFDs) with information identifying the manufacturer and model numbers affected. Jim Buoy Model 601 Adult Type 1 and Model 603 Child Type 1 life jackets have a m...

October 2, 2019

Once the fishing season ends, many commercial fishermen turn to the endless list of maintenance tasks that comes with owning or working on a commercial fishing boat. Boat work may be done at the dock or in a boatyard. Either way, boat work exposes workers to a wide ran...

September 26, 2019

Today is the halfway point for this year's Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) in Sitka. Yesterday, students and instructors toured U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. On the tour, students practiced with a U.S.C.G. P6 dewatering pump, toured a MH-60 Jayhawk helic...

September 20, 2019

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its Safer Seas Digest 2018: Lessons Learned from Marine Accident Investigations. The annual digest is a summary of NTSB investigations of marine accidents from the previous year. Of the thirty accidents inves...

September 17, 2019

In August, NIOSH notified us that AMSEA is a recipient of a two-year training grant. Major objectives of this grant award are providing Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor classes in parts of the country where training is not readily available. In addition, AMSEA will train...

September 16, 2019

Rep. Ben Carpenter (left) , R-Nikiski, presents an award Saturday to Executive Director,Jerry Dzugan, for AMSEA's support of the commercial fishing industry during Industry Appreciation Day in Kenai. Photo Credit: Brian Mazurek / Peninsula Clarion

The Kenai Peninsula Ec...

September 11, 2019

Dennis Robillard and his son, Tyler, are New England lobstermen and they know the value of wearing a PFD while on deck. After attending an AMSEA Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor class, taught by Fishing Partnership Support Services, they purchased inflatable life vests t...

August 6, 2019

AMSEA welcomes new staff members, Ashley Green and Rob Emley. Ashley takes over as Training/Course Coordinator from Emma Edson and Rob takes on the Gear Manager position from Eric Van Cise. Emma and Eric have moved on to new employment opportunities and we wish them ev...

July 25, 2019

Instructors, Pat Kehoe and Phyllis Hackett, recently taught a women's recreational boating class in Sitka, Alaska. The class is known as "Boating Without the Boys". Nina Sparling, a reporter for KCAW, one of the local radio stations, was there to find out about the cla...

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Don't see a class near you? We schedule classes around the country  throughout the year. Register on the Course Waiting List and we'll notify you when we have a class in your  area.

November 13 & 14, 2019

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

December 3, 2019

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

December 4, 2019

First Aid & CPR/AED

February 3-8, 2020

Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT)

April 20-25, 2020

Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT)

April 26, 2020

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

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