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Rick Petersen, Alaska Boating Educator of the Year

AMSEA Training Coordinator Rick Petersen has been named Boating Educator of the Year for the State of Alaska by the Alaska Boating Safety Office and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). This also put him in competition for the national instructor award. ​ In his role as AMSEA’s Training Coordinator, Rick made a large impact in our marine safety training program. During his more than 10 years at AMSEA, he led training staff in the coordination of 3,577 classes, almost one class for every day of the calendar year. In addition, he taught over 258 classes in 23 communities across the US for 4,424 mariners. ​ Rick is an ace instructor. His positive attitude and l

New AMSEA Instructors!

Jerry Dzugan and Mike Heryla wrapped up a Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) workshop in Seattle last Saturday. Hosted by partner organization, NPFVOA, the workshop brought together mariners from across the U.S. for an intensive, six-day, train-the-trainer course for marine safety instructors. We are excited to welcome our newest AMSEA instructors! Dave Shoemaker, Ray Sayah, and Jared Nelson will be instructing commercial fishermen at NPFVOA. Observer trainers, Gordon Alford and Rochelle Barainca will be instructing fisheries observers for the NOAA fisheries observer program. We have two new instructors from Massachusetts partner organization, Fishing Partnership Support Services, Russ

It's Time to Inspect Your Immersion Suit!

Your immersion suit is a bit like a parachute. When aviators are forced to "bail out", they rely on their parachutes to get them to the ground safely. If you can no longer safely stay on your boat, you are going to rely on your immersion suit to keep you afloat and warm until help arrives. It makes sense then, that you will want to ensure that it's ready to go in case of an emergency. To help you out, below is an article on how to maintain your immersion suit. We first published the article in the Spring 2009 edition of Marine Safety Update. Want to learn how to pressure test your own immersion suit? Download our brochure, Your Immersion Suit: How To Maintain It, Leak-test It, Repair It. Imm

PFDs That Work

AMSEA instructor, Beverly Noll, called this morning with the sad news that a fisherman was lost overboard off the coast of Northern California, eight miles west of the South Spit in Humboldt Bay. Apparently, the missing man and another deckhand were setting crab gear on the F/V Chief Joseph when they were swept overboard by a breaking wave. The captain was able to retrieve one of his crew, but never found the missing man. Our hearts go out to the young man's family and friends. As a result of this tragic accident, Bev tells us she's getting questions about personal flotation devices (PFDs) that work for commercial fishermen. She asked us to chime in. We get asked frequently, "what is the bes

About Those “Rules of the Road”

The article below was first published in AMSEA’s quarterly newsletter, Marine Safety Updates, in Autumn of 2009. It discusses some realities of the Navigation Rules and safe vessel operation. You might want to have the greenhorn on your crew give this article a read before he or she stands an unsupervised wheel watch. Heck, you might even want to review it yourself. I bet the guys piloting those two ships in the picture were plenty experienced and they still ran into each other. If you need a quick reference and picture guide of navigation lights to keep by the helm, you can download it here: QUICK REFERENCE: Abbreviated Guide to Navigation Rules of the Road Or you can order a spiffy laminat

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