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Drill Conductor Classes Ramping Up

We just finished up a drill conductor training in Sitka and wanted to share some photos from the class that illustrate a typical, hands-on day in one of our courses. Now that summer is wrapping up and fall is almost here, things are starting to pick up, as they do this time of year, in the AMSEA office. So, if you are looking for a drill conductor class in your area, take a look at our course calendar - courses are being added almost daily!

AMSEA's Drill Conductor courses are U.S. Coast Guard accepted and 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.

AMSEA's drill conductor 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


  • Immersion Suits & PFDs

  • Flares

  • 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 sometimes available to commercial fishermen.

Thanks to Steve Ramp, Sitka Commercial F/V Examiner, for the photos below from last week's class in Sitka, Alaska. Top to bottom: 1) students getting some practice in their immersion suits, 2) "righting" a liferaft, 3) firefighting training, 4) learning how to use the dewatering pump, 5) students link elbows and kick in a star formation to simulate signaling a helicopter.

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