Basic Boating Safety

For boaters operating small power, wind and paddle-powered vessels on near-shore coastal waters and lakes. It is designed for new, inexperienced boaters as well as for more experienced individuals who are new to boating in Alaska.  The course length varies, as this basic course can be tailored to the needs and desires of groups such as teenage boaters, hunters who boat in winter conditions, kayakers, etc.

 

TOPICS COVERED:

Float plans - Boating trip risk assessment - Reading the weather - Essential items for every boating trip - Handling an outboard engine malfunction - Retrieving someone who falls overboard - Types of PFDs and their uses - Cold water survival skills including the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP) and the Huddle position - How to use a VHF radio, including how to make a proper Mayday call - Types of emergency signals, including flares, and their proper use

 

COST:

$150.00 (Price may vary depending on location.  Contact Us for more info.)

*AMSEA members receive a 15% discount off this course.

Membership starts at $50 - to join, visit our Membership Page.

BOATING WITHOUT THE BOYS (BWOB)

This course is essentially Basic Boating Safety - but for women only.  It is delivered in a supportive, non-intimidating environment, taught by women in a women-only classroom.  It is intended to give women the confidence and skills to take a small vessel out on their own, or to be able to handle a vessel in the case of an emergency where the primary operator needs assistance.  This course is intended for women who are new, inexperienced boaters, experienced individuals who are new to boating in Alaska, and those who have in the past relied on the boating skills of male companions.

 

COST:

$150.00 (Price may vary depending on location.  Contact Us for more info.)

*AMSEA members receive a 15% discount off this course.

Membership starts at $50 - to join, visit our Membership Page.

ALASKA WATER WISE

Water Wise is the State of Alaska's Safe Boating Course.  It can be incorporated into AMSEA's boating safety courses or delivered as a stand alone course. This minimum 8-hour course covers topics approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and qualifies boaters for a state-issued certificate that is recognized by many insurance companies for discounts.

 

TOPICS COVERED:

Trip planning and preparation - Cold water survival - Navigation rules - Boats and boat operations - Signals - Boating emergencies - Legal requirements

 

COST:

Varies depending on course.  Contact Us for more info.

*AMSEA members receive a 15% discount off this course.

Membership starts at $50 - to join, visit our Membership Page.

COASTAL NAVIGATION

This course is designed for small vessel operators who travel on coastal waters, especially the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound, and other near-shore areas. This course can be customized to meet the needs of specific mariner groups including sailors, kayakers, and long-distance cruisers.

 

TOPICS COVERED:

Understanding latitude and longitude - Reading nautical charts - Distance, speed and time calculations - Using a compass - Dead reckoning - Taking bearings - Tide and current calculations - Publications: Coast Pilot, Light List, Local Notice to Mariners - Local knowledge about navigating in a specific area

 

COST:

Varies depending on course.  Contact Us for more info.

*AMSEA members receive a 15% discount off this course.

Membership starts at $50 - to join, visit our Membership Page.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FOR RECREATIONAL BOATERS

EPRB is modeled after AMSEA's highly successful, U.S. Coast Guard approved emergency procedures and drills courses for commercial fishermen.  This is not a beginning boating safety class. Rather, it is intended for those who have already taken a beginning course, or for experienced boaters who desire additional skills and information to enhance the safety of their crew and vessel.  The course provides practical information on survival equipment and conducting emergency onboard drills.  Skills are taught in a hands-on format and the course typically includes training exercises in a pool or protected cold water.

 

TOPICS COVERED:

Onboard firefighting - Liferaft maintenance, installation, deployment and use - Maydays - Immersion suits and other PFDs - Flares and other emergency signals including emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) - Emergency drills - Cold water survival skills

 

COST:

$175.00 (Price may vary depending on location.  Contact Us for more info).

*AMSEA members receive a 15% discount off this course.

Membership starts at $50 - to join, visit our Membership Page.

Training for Recreational Boaters

FIRST AID & CPR/AED

8.5-Hour course

 

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

 

This course differs 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.

 

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