Marine Safety Updates - Winter 2016 Edition

The latest edition of Marine Safety Updates, AMSEA's newsletter is now available, hot off the (digital) press. In this edition, we're celebrating 30 years of marine safety training at AMSEA. We also take a look at immersion suits for non-commercial boaters, why you should register you DSC-VHF radio, and an inappropriate rite of passage for young boaters. Read all about it here!

Update: USCG Survival Craft Rules for Commercial Fishing Vessels

The latest news from the U.S. Coast Guard regarding survival craft requirements for commercial fishing vessels is that CVC Policy Letter 15-05 has been cancelled and that “…the current regulatory survival craft requirements for commercial fishing vessels are unchanged until amended or revised by future legislation or rulemaking.”1 In other words, if you were required to carry an out-of-the-water survival craft prior to the issuance of CVC Policy Letter 15-05 on December 18 of last year, that requirement still stands. If you have been satisfying the carriage requirement with an in-the-water buoyant apparatus, you may continue to do so. However, the Coast Guard recommends that you upgrade your

AMSEA Recreational Boating Classes

We’re well known for our marine safety courses for commercial fishermen, but did you know that AMSEA teaches recreational boating safety classes, too? It’s true! AMSEA teaches recreational boaters throughout the state of Alaska. Currently we have a Recreational Boating for Beginners class scheduled in Sitka, March 7-12, 2016. But, if that’s the wrong place or time for you, register on the Waiting List and receive an email when we schedule a class you want in your area. Or, get your friends or group together and we can schedule a class for you. Often, we can put a class together for as few as eight participants. Boating season is right around the corner. Sign up for a class or let us help you

Become a Marine Safety Instructor!

Would you like to teach marine safety skills to commercial fishermen and other mariners? If you answered with an enthusiastic “yes”, then you should know that AMSEA is conducting a Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) workshop in Seward, Alaska, April 12-17, 2016. The MSIT is an intensive train-the-trainer course that prepares you to effectively teach cold-water survival procedures, use of marine safety equipment, and vessel safety drills. Topics covered during the course will include: Preparation For Emergencies Cold-Water Near Drowning Hypothermia Cold-Water Survival Survival Equipment Emergency Procedures & Onboard Drills Risk Assessment Ergonomics Methods Of Instructions Upon complet

Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Maritime Industry

The Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center will offer a course, Occupational Health and Safety Standards for the Maritime Industry, February 29 to March 4, in Anchorage, Alaska. This course covers OSHA policies, procedures, and standards for the maritime industry. Using the OSHA Maritime Standards as a guide, special emphasis is placed on the most hazardous areas in the maritime industry. After completing the course students will be prepared to define maritime terms found in the OSHA Maritime Standards, identify hazards in the maritime industry and determine appropriate controls and abatement, locate OSHA Maritime Standards, policies and procedures, and describe the use of the OSHA Maritime

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