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Signal Flares: Practice Makes Perfect

Do you know how to use your boat’s distress signal flares to summon help in the case of an emergency? If you have never practiced with signal flares, you may use them improperly. Familiarity with the operation of safety and survival gear is fundamental to your preparation for emergencies. In this article, we have adapted the flares training protocol we use in AMSEA marine safety classes for use in an emergency procedures drill on a commercial fishing boat. The same procedure can be used on any vessel where the crew wants to practice with signal flares. Really, I Can Do That? At AMSEA, we practice with signal flares several times each year in our Marine Safety Instructor Training classes. You

Upcoming AMSEA Training Opportunities

As you prepare for your busy commercial fishing season, be sure not to overlook your safety and first aid training. There are AMSEA fishing vessel drill conductor classes scheduled in different Alaska fishing ports, as well as a first aid & CPR/AED class in Sitka. Here's the current line up: May 1, 2019 - Cordova, Alaska - Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor May 4, 2019 - Valdez, Alaska - Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor May 9, 2019 - Sitka, Alaska - Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor May 22, 2019 - Sitka, Alaska - First Aid & CPR/AED June 1, 2019 - Dillingham, Alaska - Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor June 9, 2019 - Dillingham, Alaska - Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor June 13, 2019 - Sitka, Alaska - Fish

Emergency Drills Ensure Crew Readiness

Editor's note: Sometimes we assume that everyone understands the need for practicing emergency procedures skills. In case you need convincing or just never quite get around to conducting drills on your boat, here's an article to help get you going. We wrote this for the February-March, 2018 issue of Tradewinds, published by the North Carolina Fisheries Association. More and more, we hear about rescues at sea where fishing crews took effective actions to ensure that everyone made it home safely. Not only did they have the required safety gear, they knew when and how to deploy it. However, the knowledge and skill needed to respond to an emergency at sea is hardly automatic. The prudent skipper

AMSEA Training Coming to Togiak & New Stuyahok

Alaska Sea Grant agent, Gabe Dunham, will be teaching Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor classes in New Stuyahok, Alaska on April 15 & 16 and in Togiak, Alaska on April 18 & 19. These are remote Alaska communities and we are able to provide this training thanks to support from Alaska Sea Grant, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, and AMSEA members. We add new classes to the schedule frequently. Sometimes, they come together on fairly short notice. Do you want to make sure that you hear about classes in your area? Sign up on the Course Waiting List and we'll send you an email about three weeks before the class or just as soon as we know all of the details.

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