Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Training Coming to Petersburg, Alaska

Commercial fishermen in Southeast Alaska can learn or refresh their skills in fishing vessel safety with a fishing vessel drill conductor class being offered in Petersburg on Feb. 10 at the Tides Inn.

The class offers an excellent opportunity for commercial harvesters and others to get hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices for surviving emergencies at sea.

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is offering the class at a cost of $95 for commercial fishermen and $175 for all others. The association is able to provide the reduced price thanks to support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, and AMSEA members.

The curriculum from instructor Chris Angel includes cold-water survival skills, EPIRBS (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), signal flares, and mayday calls, man-overboard recovery, firefighting, flooding and damage control, dewatering pumps, immersion suits and PFDs, helicopter rescue, life rafts, abandon ship procedures and emergency drills.

All AMSEA fishing vessel drill conductor workshops meet the US Coast Guard training requirements or drill conductors on commercial fishing vessels.

Register online at or call 907-747-3287. Check the website for a complete list of upcoming AMSEA courses, including additional fishing vessel drill conductor training and first aid and CPR/AED classes.