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Get Marine Safety Instructor Training in Seward

We just finished compiling our training numbers for 2017 and they're pretty impressive. AMSEA trained instructors helped thousands of commercial fishers in Alaska and on every other U.S. coast to get marine safety training last year. We commend every AMSEA instructor who taught this past year for helping to increase safety at sea. Every instructor has their own reasons for wanting to teach marine safety skills. But, each recognizes that those skills can make the difference in the outcome of an emergency at sea and each has made a commitment to pass those skills on to others. How about you? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and skills with others? Have you ever thought about teaching marine

New AMSEA Website Search Feature

There's lots of information on the AMSEA website and while we try to keep things organized, it's not always easy to find exactly what you are looking for. Let's say your are looking for information on how to repair your immersion suit. You can go to the Resources page under the Videos & Info menu, but then you have to scroll and scroll down the page until you find our immersion suit brochure near the bottom of the page. Believe me, we feel your pain. We use the same resource page to answer questions when people call and we don't like scrolling through a long list either. Eventually it donned on us that we could add a search feature. So, now you can search the AMSEA website and find any page

PFDs Just Helped Save Two Commercial Fishermen in the Bering Sea

Why are these guys smiling? Maybe because they know that the PFDs they are wearing just might save their lives. Photo credit: Ted Teske/NIOSH We got news yesterday that two commercial fishermen on the trawler, F/V Arctic Wind, survived being swept overboard into the Bering Sea by "a freak wave". Both crew were wearing PFDs. One was in the water for approximately seven minutes and was recovered by the Arctic Wind. The second was in the water for about fifteen minutes and was retrieved by a nearby trawler, the F/V Golden Pisces. At last word, the plan was to evacuate both survivors to Dutch Harbor for medical evaluation. We want to commend the crews of both vessels for their quick rescues and

Don't Let Your Survival Skills Get Rusty

Would you like to improve your performance in an emergency at sea by nearly 30%? Well, who wouldn't? Conducting monthly drills of your emergency procedures will give you and your crew that enhanced performance. This isn't hard to understand. We've all had the experience of feeling a bit rusty when performing a familiar task. Monthly drills will keep your emergency procedures fresh in your mind and build "muscle memory" so that you don't need to spend time thinking about what to do or how to do it. About ten years ago AMSEA and the University of Washington studied how long commercial fishermen retain their survival skills after a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop. That study was the sub

Making an Effective MAYDAY Call

The ability to signal for help is a critical skill during an emergency at sea. On any vessel equipped with a marine radio, that signal will be conveyed by radio. There are three internationally recognized radio signals used for marine emergencies: MAYDAY, PAN-PAN, and SECURITY. All three have priority over other radio traffic. MAYDAY calls also have priority over other emergencies signals. The MAYDAY signal is reserved for en emergency where a vessel or life is threatened by grave and imminent danger, and a request is made for immediate assistance. A MAYDAY call needs to convey five critical pieces of information, the MAYDAY signal; the vessel name and/or description; position of the vessel

Fatigue — It'll Bite You

Operating your boat while fatigued can lead to very bad outcomes. But, don't take our word for for it. Listen to Capt. Russ Eager. He ran his boat, the F/V Tamara, aground on the coast of Washington in 2015 and he has a story to tell. Fatigue is no stranger to commercial fishermen and other mariners. Fishing long hours in a short seasons, mechanical breakdowns, noise, and bad weather can all conspire to prevent you from getting enough sleep. Even moderate sleep deprivation leads to impairments of cognitive and motor function that is equivalent to being legally drunk. The result is that fatigue is often cited as a leading cause of marine accidents. The State of Washington Department of Ecolog

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