BBRSDA Scholarships for Marine Safety Instructors

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is offering three scholarships to commercial fishermen and fisherwomen to attend AMSEA's Marine Safety Instructor Training, April 23-28, 2019, in Seward, Alaska. AMSEA will provide a full tuition scholarship ($995 value) and BBRSDA will cover the costs for travel, lodging, and food. This is an outstanding opportunity for anyone that wants to help Bristol Bay commercial fishermen learn the skills needed to survive emergencies at sea.



To qualify you must:

  • Commercially fish, based in Naknek or Dillingham, seasonally or year round;

  • Apply for the scholarship before March 8, 2019;

  • Agree to teach at least two Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor classes to commercial fishermen in the Bristol Bay region, in advance of the 2019 salmon season.

BBRSDA will cover the costs for putting on the Drill Conductor classes and provide instructors with a teaching stipend. BBRSDA will review all applications and select up to three applicants by March 15, 2019. To apply, click the button below.

​AMSEA's Marine Safety Instructor Training is an intensive, hands-on training course that prepares you to become a Coast Guard-approved Marine Safety Instructor. The topics covered include:


  • Methods of Marine Safety Instruction

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Risk Assessment

  • How to Conduct Effective Drills

  • Cold-Water Survival Skills

  • Man-Overboard Recovery

  • Firefighting;

  • Life Rafts

  • Abandon-Ship Procedures

  • Helicopter-Rescue

  • Flares, MAYDAYs, and Other Emergency Signals

  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

  • Flooding Control

  • Conducting Safety Orientations

  • Cross-Cultural Communication


Upon approval by the U.S. Coast Guard, you will be qualified to teach AMSEA Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor classes. Click the button below to apply for a BBRSDA scholarship. Applicants will be reviewed and chosen by March 15, 2019.

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