AMSEA COVID-19 Response 

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, AMSEA is altering its operations in accordance with national, state, and local guidelines. AMSEA's Sitka office is closed. However staff are working remotely and answering phones and email messages. We are canceling classes on a rolling basis, depending on local conditions and guidelines. At this time we are limiting class size to no more than 10 people, including the instructors.

We recognize that many commercial fishermen need training to meet regulatory requirements and the requirements of their insurance carrier. If you cannot obtain required training, please contact us by phone or by email. We may be able to help you with one-on-one training or by conducting drills on your own vessel while you are in port. Contact us at (907) 747-3287 or (Updated March 23, 2020)


April 1, 2020

We are gratified to receive the support of everyone one that supports AMSEA through an annual membership. However, we need to acknowledge a membership renewal from United Fishermen of Alaska and a new membership from Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers. Both organizations advoc...

March 27, 2020

The U.S. Coast Guard is giving OCMIs (Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection) the discretion to defer many commercial vessel inspections and exams up to 90 days, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes commercial fishing vessel safety dockside exams, accordi...

March 24, 2020

Yesterday, Alaska Gov. Dunleavy issued Health Mandade 10 and it has commercial fishing boat operators, shoreside processors, and transportation businesses scrambling to meet its requirements. The short version is that the mandate requires anyone traveling from out of s...

March 18, 2020

Like every other business, AMSEA is having to adjust its operations as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. A quick look at our class schedule shows a number of cancelled classes and we anticipate that we will have to cancel additional classes.

AMSEA is co...

March 16, 2020

As the nation grapples with school closures, business closures, and limits on social contact associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, maritime industries are not immune. The U.S. Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 06-20 over this past Friday, reminding...

February 27, 2020

As many commercial fishermen prepare to return to fishing after a winter off the water, AMSEA's training season ramps up. A quick check our list of class offerings, shows training opportunities on every coast. Our friends at Fishing Partnership Support Servic...

January 30, 2020

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin this month, reminding mariners of the hazards when crossing bars in the Pacific Northwest. MSIB Number: 01-20 contains information about bar closures and restrictions, night time bar operations, and rough...

January 27, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintains a network of satellites called SARSAT, that helps forecasters track weather systems and wildfires. Those same satellites were critical in helping to save 421 lives in the U.S. and surrounding waters accordin...

January 23, 2020

The Alaska Safety Advisory Council has put out a call for speakers at the 2020 Alaska Governor’s Safety & Health Conference in Anchorage on April 7 & 8, 2020. This state conference provides a forum for relevant safety, health and environmental information to be sh...

January 17, 2020

This winter has gotten off to a rough start when it comes to commercial fishing vessel casualties. On December 31, two crew survived and five perished when the F/V Scandies Rose capsized and sank near Sutwik Island in the Gulf of Alaska. One week later, the F/V Papa's...

January 6, 2020

It's probably fair to say that the New Year's Eve sinking of the F/V Scandies Rose and loss of five crew has shaken folks up in the fishing industry in Alaska. The Anchorage Daily News published an article today, examining how the safety culture has changed within the...

December 21, 2019

We have heard from Senator Sullivan's office that both he and Senator Murkowski are, "staying engaged with the Coast Guard regarding VHF outages. On December 2, 11 radio towers were not working for various reasons. The Coast Guard has plans to repair 8 of them as soon...

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April 4 & 5, 2020

CANCELLED - Homer, Alaska

Boating Without the Boys

April 16, 2020

CANCELLED - Sitka, Alaska

Mariner's First Aid & CPR/AED

April 17, 2020

CANCELLED - Sitka, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

April 18, 2020

CANCELLED - Kenai, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

April 20-25, 2020

POSTPONED - Seward, Alaska

Marine Safety Instructor Training

April 26, 2020

Seward, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

May 1 & 2, 2020

POSTPONED - Dillingham, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

May 4-8, 2020

POSTPONED - Morehead City, North Carolina

Marine Safety Instructor Training

May 9 & 10, 2020

Homer, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

May 15, 2020

Sitka, Alaska

Mariner's First Aid & CPR/AED

May 29, 2020

Sitka, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

May 30, 2020

Sitka, Alaska

Mariner's First Aid & CPR/AED

June 18, 2020

Sitka, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

June 19, 2020

Sitka, Alaska

Mariner's First Aid & CPR/AED

September 21-26, 2020

Sitka, AK

Marine Safety Instructor Training