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STCW Courses, Drills & Workshops, HAZWOPER, Shipyard Competent Person, and Other Marine Training Programs in Seattle

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Established in 1985 and located in Seattle WA, NPFVOA Vessel Safety Program is a nonprofit education dedicated to sea safety education and training. NPFVOA provides hands on training and education to boost emergency preparedness for skippers and crews. Developed in co operation with U.S. Coastguard, the NPFVOA vessel safety program remains a model safety program in the country. NPFVOA offers around 15 Coastguard approved training programs for mariners of all kinds including commercial fishing, small craft, recreation and research vessel crews.

NPFVOA Vessel Safety Program offers over Coastguard-approved hands-on safety training classes for mariners of all kinds, including small passenger, and workboat vessel crews. Most classes are held in its classroom at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle, or onboard vessels. However, past classes have been held throughout Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Each course is 8 hours in length unless otherwise indicated.

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Training Programs

STCW Courses

NPFVOA Workshops

  • Emergency Drill Instructor Workshop (8 hours)
  • Onboard Drill Instructor Workshop (8 hours)

NPFVOA Medical Courses

  • Medical Emergencies at Sea (First Aid & CPR)
  • Workplace First Aid & CPR (3 hours)

NPFVOA Survival Courses

  • Safety Equipment & Survival Procedures (8 hours)
  • In-the-Water Survival Training (2 hours)
  • Shipboard Damage Control Training (8 hours)

NPFVOA Firefighting Courses

  • Team Firefighting (8 hours)

NPFVOA Maritime Essentials Programs

  • Navigation: Collision Avoidance (8 hours)
  • Marine Weather Workshop (8 hours)


  • HAZWOPER Hazardous Materials Technician (24 hours)
  • HAZWOPER Refresher (8 hours)

NPFVOA Shipyard Competent Person Courses

  • Shipyard Competent Person (24 hours)
  • 8-Hour Shipyard Competent Person Refresher
  • 10-Hour Marine OSHA Course

Other Courses

  • Shipboard Watertight Door and Hatch Training (4 hours)
  • Specimen Collection Certification (3 hours)
  • Pedestal Crane Operator Safety Training (4 hours)

NPFVOA Training Materials

  • Safety & Survival: Procedures, Equipment, and Training DVD
  • Medical Emergencies at Sea: Basic Procedures for First Responders
  • Fire Prevention and Control
  • Tragedy and Courage on the Bering Sea DVD
  • Spanish Edition: Safety & Survival at Sea DVD

NPFVOA Manuals, Books & Logbooks

  • OSHA Handbook: Basic Guide to Compliance for Uninspected Vessels
  • Ship Repair Safety & Health Manual
  • Medical Procedures
  • The First Aid Book / Seventh Edition
  • IFSTA Marine Firefighting Manual
  • Forklift Maintenance Record for Battery-Powered or Internal Combustion Models
  • NPFVOA Vessel Safety Manual
  • Emergency Drill Log
  • Vessel Medical Patient Log
  • Vessel Garbage Disposal Log
  • Vessel or Worksite Lockout/Tags-Plus Log

Emergency Repair Kits

Damage Control Kit