Safety Trainers Workshops

Safety Trainers Workshops
NOAA Fisheries staff members from Long Beach and various staff members from the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Observer Program, participated in a two-day marine safety training class, conducted by the Southwest Fisheries Observer Program. During one of the drills, participants learned how to form a "raft" using their immersion suits to keep a potential hypothermia or injured victim out of the water.

The National Observer Program (NOP) successfully fulfills its formidable observer safety standards through the continuous and meticulous training of its Observer Instructors. The NOP sponsors the Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) workshop for the dedicated men and women who are responsible for training observers in all manner of marine-related safety issues. This training ensures that observers are well-prepared to face any and all dangers they might encounter on the open ocean.

One of the key goals of the MSIT workshop is to foster consistent training among NOAA Fisheries safety programs in different regions of the country by bringing together Observer Instructors to share their knowledge and experiences. Observer Instructors discuss a variety of topics, including current marine safety techniques and equipment, data-sampling procedures, and enhancement of teaching methods to better prepare future observers. The MSIT workshop forms the foundation of national training standards regarding safety at sea for Observer Instructors.

The MSIT course is provided through the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA), and a detailed description of the course can be found on the AMSEA website. AMSEA instructors are comprised of some of the most highly qualified men and women in the marine safety industry. The MSIT workshop has been sponsored by the NOP for more than 20 years, and the program continues to expand. The following topics are covered during the MSIT workshop:

  • Emergency procedures
  • Risk assessment
  • How to conduct effective drills
  • Navigation regulations
  • Cold-water survival skills
  • Firefighting
  • Life rafts
  • Abandon-ship procedures
  • Helicopter rescue
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Flooding control
  • Cross-cultural communication