USCG Phase-Out Life Floats & Rigid Buoyant Apparatus

The Coast Guard is phasing out approval of life floats and rigid buoyant apparatus as survival crafts. As a part of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, no survival craft will be approved unless that craft “ensures that no part of an individual is immersed in water”. Any crafts not meeting this standard will need to be replaced by February 26, 2016. Read more in the official notice here. #regs #uscg

Instructor Training Comes to Maine

AMSEA recently wrapped up another Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) course; this time in Newcastle, Maine! Veteran instructor and AMSEA staff Training Coordinator, Rick Petersen, led the week long course that trained students in the foundations of teaching marine safety training. AMSEA's MSIT is an intensive, USCG-accepted, 48-hour "train-the-trainer" course. This program is designed to train individuals to effectively teach cold water survival procedures, marine safety equipment and onboard safety drills. The course is designed for those wanting to teach cold-water safety and survival in a variety of settings – for commercial fishermen, private businesses or government agencies,

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