Alaska Marine Safety

Education Association

 
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USCG accepted courses

18-Hour Survival Equipment, Procedures and Onboard Drills
&
10-Hour Onboard Drill Conductor courses

Please see AMSEA's Course Calendar for upcoming courses.

Register online for any scheduled Drill Conductor course.

AMSEA's Drill Conductor courses are U.S. Coast Guard accepted and recommended for captains and crew serving on any commercial vessel.

Download a printable brochure with details about this valuable training. Adobe PDF icon 467 KB

Why take an AMSEA Drill Conductor course? In the video below course participant Captain Scot Gilliland of the F/V Hazel Lorraine and AMSEA instructor Steven Campbell explain "why" in an interview with PA1 Kurt Frederickson of the U.S. Coast Guard during a Drill Conductor class in Kodiak, AK on January 9, 2009.

The courses provide practical information on the survival equipment found on most commercial vessels and on conducting emergency onboard drills. Skills are learned in a hands-on format.

Both courses meet the training requirements for commercial fishermen. Everyone who successfully completes these courses is issued a Drill Conductor Card that serves as proof of compliance with USCG training requirements. While the cards currently are valid in perpetuity, we anticipate five-year refresher training being required with the implementation of new regualtions.

Drill Conductor course participants practice quickly donning immersion suits in preparation for abandoning ship. Photo: Deborah Mercy

Ten-hour courses are designed for 10 or fewer participants, can be conducted onboard a vessel, and may or may not include training exercises in the water.

The 18-hour course accomodates up to 20 participants, frequently incorporates a pool or harbor exercise, and allows time for more in-depth content than does the 10-hour course.

 

Below: Members of the Kuzmin family experience boarding a life raft while wearing immersion suits during a Drill Conductor course.

Family in life raft

Topics covered in both the 10-hour and 18-hour version include:

  • Fire Fighting
  • Liferafts
  • MAYDAYs
  • Immersion Suits & PFDs
  • Flares
  • Emergency Drills
  • Cold Water Survival Skills
  • EPIRBS

As of December 2008, AMSEA had trained over 8,200 mariners in these courses. Participants' responses to the courses are overwhelmingly positive because of the instructors' level of first-hand knowledge and the relevance and hands-on format of the material.

Drills courses are available on demand for any group of at least six people in any location in Alaska.

Above, Drill Conductor course participants practice assigning duties to crew members in the event of an emergency. Photo: Steve Dashew

 

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Coast Guard, NIOSH and the State of Alaska, Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development course fee waivers, or partial waivers, are sometimes available to commercial fishermen.

For all others, cost for the 18-hour course is $195.00; the 10-hour course is $175.00. AMSEA members receive $65.00 off either course. For information about becoming a member of AMSEA, please see the Membership Page.

Please see AMSEA's Course Calendar for upcoming courses.

Register online for any scheduled Drill Conductor course.

Download a printable brochure with details about this valuable training. Adobe PDF icon 467 KB

Firefighting practice is always an exciting portion of AMSEA's hands-on Drill Conductor training. Photo: Steve Dashew


Comments from Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Training Participants

"I learned about the survival equipment - it was tactile - not just learning from pictures."
                              - Sitka, AK Fisherman

"I learned to get pre-organized for several possible emergencies."
                              - Crescent City, CA Fisherman

"I will spend more time doing safety drill training."

                              - Rhode Island Fisherman


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