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Instructors Wanted: U.S Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska

AMSEA is currently recruiting commercial fishermen to become U.S. Coast Guard-approved Marine Safety Instructors in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Gulf of Mexico states, and remote communities in Alaska. We are focused on increasing training training opportunities for commercial fishermen in underserved parts of the United States. These areas are underserved, due to a shortage of local marine safety instructors and the cost of sending in out-of-states instructors. Thanks to support from NIOSH, the U.S Coast Guard, and AMSEA members, we have funding to train instructors in these areas. Upon approval by the Coast Guard, commercial fishermen who become AMSEA instructors will be qualified to teach Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor classes.

Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) consists of five and one half days of hands on and classroom instruction covering:

  • Methods of Marine Safety Instruction

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Risk Assessment

  • How to Conduct Effective Drills

  • Cold-Water Survival Skills

  • Man-Overboard Recovery

  • Firefighting

  • Life Rafts

  • Abandon-Ship Procedures

  • Helicopter-Rescue

  • Flares, MAYDAYs, and Other Emergency Signals

  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

  • Flooding Control

  • Conducting Safety Orientations

  • Cross-Cultural Communication

In addition to Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor classes, many AMSEA instructors teach marine and cold-water safety in their local schools, recreational boating groups, or offer public courses.

We are currently organizing MSIT classes for the Gulf Coast and Southeast states, in addition to our scheduled MSIT classes in Seward and Sitka Alaska. Partial scholarships for qualifying commercial fishermen are available. Click here to be notified of these upcoming MSIT classes or call (907) 747-3287 for additional information.


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