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Sea Safety and Survival (Drill Instructor) Training in Bellingham

April 26 - April 27

Details on exact location to come.

Washington Sea Grant and the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) are cosponsoring a Sea Safety and Survival Course (Drill Instructor) for commercial fishermen.

This Coast Guard-approved workshop meets the training requirements of the Commercial Fishing Safety Act to conduct drills. Coursework combines lecture and hands-on experience with the safety and survival equipment now required for commercial fishing vessels. Participants will learn about emergency procedures and be trained to develop appropriate emergency drills for their own vessels. Captains and boat owners are encouraged to bring their whole crew! 

Topics covered:

  • Cold-water survival skills
  • Emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), signal flares and mayday calls
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Firefighting
  • Flooding and damage control
  • Dewatering pumps
  • Immersion suits and personal flotation devices (PFDs)
  • Abandon ship procedures
  • Helicopter rescue
  • Life rafts
  • Emergency procedures drills
  • In-the-water skills practice


April 26-27, 2024

Bellingham, WA
708 Coho Way Bellingham, WA

Fee: $125 ($62.50 for commercial fishermen who are Washington residents).

If you have your own survival suit, please bring it to the training.

Due to limited space preregistration is required. To register contact Robert Maw, Washington Sea Grant, at rmaw@uw.edu or 775.721.3376

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Sign up to get notices of future workshops here (select “marine workshops”).

Based at the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant provides statewide marine research, outreach, and education services. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.


April 26
April 27
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