Upcoming Classes

April 21, 2021

Petersburg, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Safety

April 25, 2021

Seward, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

April 26, 2021

Seward, Alaska

Stability Awareness for Commercial Fishermen

April 27, 2021

Homer, Alaska

Stability Awareness for Commercial Fishermen

April 27, 2021

Cordova, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

April 28, 2021

Homer, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

May 7, 2021

Sitka, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

May 11, 2021

Yakutat, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

May 13 & 14, 2021

Kodiak, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

May 27 & 28, 2021

Kodiak, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

June 18, 2021

Sitka, Alaska

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor

Marine Safety Training for Commercial Fishermen

18-Hour Survival Equipment, Procedures & Onboard Drills Training

10-Hour Onboard Drill Conductor Training

AMSEA's Drill Conductor courses are U.S. Coast Guard-accepted marine safety training courses. They are recommended for captains and crew serving on any commercial vessel.  The courses provide practical information on the survival equipment found on most commercial vessels and on conducting emergency onboard drills. Skills are learned in a hands-on format.


Both the 10 and 18-hour courses meet the USCG requirements for commercial fishermen. Everyone who successfully completes these courses is issued a Drill Conductor Card that serves as proof of compliance with USCG training requirements.


Topics covered in both courses include:

  • Fire Fighting

  • Liferafts

  • Mayday Calls

  • Immersion Suits & PFDs

  • Signal Flares

  • Flooding & Damage Control

  • Dewatering Pumps

  • Emergency Drills

  • Cold Water Survival Skills




Thanks to funding from USCG, NIOSH and the State of Alaska, Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, course fee waivers, or partial waivers are often available to commercial fishermen.


*Drills courses are available on demand for any group of at least 8 people. Fees may vary based on location.



8-Hour Course


This workshop is designed to provide practical information and hands on training on vessel stability and emergency responses to flooding problems which cause many stability casualties. This workshop is oriented towards the commercial fishing environment but can be adapted for other vessel types and activities. The course is designed to meet future  training requirements for commercial fishermen.


Topics covered include:

  • Requirements & Responsibilities

  • Stability Terminology

  • Stability Principles & the Stability Curve

  • Operational Considerations

  • Understanding Stability Reports

  • Flooding control & prevention

8.5-Hour Course


AMSEA's Mariner's First Aid and CPR course meets USCG regulatory requirements. Candidates completing the course receive a certification card that is valid for two years.


This course differs significantly from the typical urban-based courses. It is geared toward assessing and treating patients in the prolonged care, delayed evacuation, hazardous settings often encountered for those working at sea.


The course utilizes a hands-on, scenario based teaching approach with an emphasis on improvised medical gear that can commonly be found onboard a vessel. In the end, students will be able to better assess what is serious and what's not serious in regards to their patient and to further identify those patients that require an urgent evacuation and those that do not.





Length of course varies


This workshop was developed and made possible by funding from OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.  The course covers fundamentals of musculoskeletal injuries that often occur in commercial fishing; injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, vibration white finger, low back pain and many others.


The worskhop will teach participants how to reduce their risk for these types of injuries and relieve symptoms caused by existing injuries.  Using a special instrument that measures muscle force/strain (an ergometer), participants can actively see and hear the movements that cause strain to the musculoskeletal system.  Students will learn exercises and stretches that target the areas most prone for injury.


Additionally, fishermen will learn ways to retrofit their decks to increase efficiency in movement and thereby reducing risk for injury - and more efficiency means more time spent fishing!  Students will receive a pocket guide to ergonomics to use as reference while on their vessels; the guide covers the basics of ergonomics and includes pictorial explanations of the stretches and exercises covered in class.

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