This week, Fishing Partnership Support Services will be offering a free, two-day safety training for commercial fishermen in Wanchese. Day one of the course, “Safety and Survival” will take place on Thursday, March 23, following by day two, “Drill Conductor Certification” on Friday, March 24.
The trainings will take place at the USCG Aids To Navigation Team Wanchese located at 908 Harbor Road.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all those who attend.
A brief summary of each day, as well as their durations, can be found below:
Day One: Safety & Survival (7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
This training is designed for all fishermen, including crewmen, to learn or hone fundamental skills. Through hands-on training, fishermen learn about EPIRBs, Signal Flares, MAYDAY Calls, Man Overboard Recovery, Firefighting, Flooding & Damage Control, Dewatering Pumps, Immersion Suits, PFDs, & Life Rafts. Commercial Fishermen who attend are eligible for a 50% rebate off a Lifejacket they purchase after the trainings.
Day Two: Drill Conductor Certification (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
During this second day, fishermen dig deeper into what they learned in the Safety & Survival Class, including new information in cold-water survival, helicopter rescues, stability, liability, and emergency procedures. Fishermen who complete these two days of training are Alaska Marine Safety Education Association certified Drill Conductors, which meets USCG requirements under 46 CFR 28.270(c).