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U.S. Coast Guard Reminds Paddlers to Stay Safe Around Vessel Traffic

Many of us dream of paddling our kayaks in pristine, wilderness waters, far from civilization and motorized vessels. However, it's likely that the vast majority of paddle sport enthusiasts navigate waters utilized by a variety of marine traffic. Even in Alaska, many of us are paddling in waters regularly transited by recreational motorboats, sailboats, commercial fishers, cruise ships, tugs and barges, etc. A recent accident involving a power catamaran that seriously injured two kayakers prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to publish Marine Safety Alert 04-17 with advice on paddling safely near vessel traffic. In addition, the bulletin includes the following list of best practices for paddle sport

June 2017 Trainings for Commercial Fishermen

We have a full slate of trainings for commercial fishermen in June. We're still making classes for June. So, check the website later if you don’t see a class near you.Look for F/V Drill Conductor workshops in Ketchikan, Alaska, Tampa, Florida, and Shark River, New Jersey. Click a link for more information or to register for one of the classes below. Currently, we have Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshops in the following ports: Dillingham, AK - June 2 & 3 Valdez, AK - June 3 Naknek, AK - June 7 & 8 St. Paul, AK – June 8 St. Paul, AK – June 9 St. Paul, AK – June 10 Kemah, TX – June 14 Sitka, AK - June 15 Cordova, AK – June 17 We also have a First Aid & CPR/AED workshop scheduled: Sitka, A

Online Educator's Cold-Water Safety & Survival Course in September

Editor's Note: The photo's in this gallery are from a recent cold-water safety and survival training for third-graders in the Sitka School District. You can give the kids in your classroom or youth group the same kind of training. Thank you to U.S.C.G. Air Station Sitka for assistance with this training! Children in Alaska spend a lot of time outdoors. Over the past thirty years, AMSEA trained educators across the state have trained thousands of children in outdoor survival skills. You can join them in bringing these life saving skills to your students by taking our online course, Cold-Water Safety & Survival Training for Educators. Offered in partnership with the Sitka Campus of the Univers

MSIT in Seward, Alaska

April 30 marked the conclusion of our Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC in Seward, Alaska. The class was well attended and we had students from Washington, Wisconsin, and various communities around Alaska. Thank you to AVTEC for hosting the workshop and to Russ Hazlett, U.S.C.G. Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner, District 17, Sector Anchorage, for providing the Damage Control Trainer. Executive Director, Jerry Dzugan, and assisting instructors covered Preparation for Emergencies; Cold-Water Survival; Sea Survival, Equipment, Procedures, and Onboard Drills; Land Survival; Food and Water in Survival Situations; Cold-Water Near Drowning; and Hypothermia. They also covered topics essen

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