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Commercial and Recreational Safety and Survival Training For Mariners across U.S. Coasts and the Great Lakes

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Established in 1985 and located at Sitka Alaska, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) provides safety and survival training for mariners engaged in commercial and non-commercial activities on the water.

Taught by experienced mariners AMSEA's hands-on training provides mariners with the skills needed to respond to onboard emergencies and survive. AMSEA's instructor network reaches all U.S. coasts and the Great Lakes.

AMSEA also offers marine safety training for subsistence and recreational boaters, youth and women boaters and also provide contract courses for specialized groups or agencies.

Marine Safety Instructor Training is also an option for those interested in teaching. Since 1985, AMSEA has trained over 200,000 people, including more than 1,600 AMSEA Instructors.

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Training Programs

Training for Recreational Boaters

  • Basic Boating Safety: This course 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.
  • Mariner's First Aid & CPR (USCG): 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.
  • Boating Without the Boys (BWOB) (For Women): 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. 
  • Emergency Procedures for Recreational Boaters (EPRB): This course is not a beginning boating safety class. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 standalone 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; and, Legal requirements.

Educator & Instructor Training

  • Marine Safety Instructor Training (USCG) (6 days): This program is designed to train individuals to effectively teach cold water survival procedures, marine safety equipment and onboard safety drills.  The course is designed for those wanting to teach cold-water safety and survival in a variety of settings – for commercial fishermen, private businesses or government agencies, for recreational boaters etc.

Hands-On Marine Safety & Survival Training (Custom Designed)

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  • 7 Steps to Survival & Survival Kits (1-2 hours)
  •  Abandon Ship Procedures (1-2 hours)
  • Coastal Navigation & Seamanship (2 -8 hours)
  • Cold Water Survival Skills & Rescue (1-4 hours)
  • Dive Tender Safety Training (1-8 hours)
  •  Emergency Signals, Radios and Float Plans (1-4 hours)
  •  Ergonomics: Injury Prevention due to lifting, moving, repetitive motion (1-4 hours)
  • Helicopter-assisted Rescue (½ -2 hours)
  •  Hyperthermia and Heat Emergencies (½-2 hours)
  •  Hypothermia Prevention & Treatment (1-2 hours)
  •  Ice Safety & Rescue for users & non-professional rescuers (2-6 hours)
  •  Launching and Use of Liferafts (1-3 hours)
  • Man Overboard Prevention and Recovery (1-3 hours)
  •  Marine Firefighting (1-4 hours)
  •  Methods of Instruction for Safety Trainers (1-40 hours)
  • Risk Assessment & Management (1-8 hours)
  •  River Safety (1-2 hours)
  •  Safety Orientations, Instructions & Emergency Bills (1-2 hours)
  •  Shore/Land Survival (1-36 hours)
  • Small Boat Safety & Operations -Rivers, Lakes, Coastal Open Water (1-8 hours)
  • Survival Psychology (1-4 hours)
  • Types and Use of PFDs and Immersion Suits (2-4 hours)
  •  Upright and Watertight -Combines Vessel stability & Damage Control (6-8 hours)
  • Vessel Flooding and Damage Control (1-4 hours)
  •  Vessel Stability (1-6 hours)
  • Water Search and Rescue (1-8 hours)
  • Weather Terminology & Forecast Interpretation (1-3 hours)

Other Courses

  • Youth Workshops
  • Private Classes

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