VESSEL SAFETY CLASSES

Practicing Survival FormationNPFVOA Vessel Safety Program offers ten Coast Guard-approved hands-on safety training classes for mariners of all kinds, including commercial fishing, small passenger, workboat, and research vessel crews. Most classes are held in our classroom at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle, or onboard vessels. However, locations are flexible, and past classes have been held throughout Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Each course is 8 hours in length unless otherwise indicated.

Fishermen and fishing vessels based in Washington are eligible for a 50% tuition rebate for many of our classes from the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial.

If you have a large group, but the posted dates won’t work for your schedule, contact us to schedule alternate dates.

STCW

STCW Basic Training

USCG-approved for 46 CFR Parts 10, 12, 15, and tables A-VI/1-1 through A-VI/1-4 of the STCW Code

(5 days) $1100 members | $1175 non-members | Class Schedule

Each class is held at NPFVOA except the second day of firefighting, which is held at the Washington State Fire Training Academy.

PERSONAL SAFETY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES (4 hrs)

  • Complying with Emergency Procedures
  • Taking precautions to Prevent Pollution of the Marine Environment
  • Observing Safe Working Practices
  • Understanding orders and Being Understood in Relation to Shipboard Duties
  • Contributing to Effective Human Relationships on Board Ship
  • Fatigue and its effects on your body and mind

PERSONAL SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES (12 hours)

  • Principles of Survival at Sea
  • Preparing for Emergency Situations
  • Lifesaving Equipment
  • Evacuation
  • Helicopter Assistance
  • Distress Signals
  • Emergency Radio Equipment

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AT SEA (8 hours)

  • Scene Assessment
  • Bloodborne Pathogens/Infectious Diseases
  • Patient Assessment at Sea
  • Vital signs
  • Shock
  • Life Threatening Conditions
  • Toxic Environment
  • Hypothermia
  • Medevac
  • Practical Exercises

BASIC FIRE FIGHTING (16 hours)

First day of class is 8 hours at NPFVOA which covers:

  • Theory of Fire
  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Detection
  • Firefighting Equipment
  • Ship Firefighting Organization
  • Ship Firefighting Strategy and Tactics
  • Hands-on Field Exercises

Second day of class is 8 hours of hands-on field exercises at the Washington State Fire Training Academy, near North Bend, WA.

  • Field Exercises: Pump fire with dry chemical and water; car prop with carbon dioxide; trough fire with foam extinguisher.
  • Burn Building Exercises: Maze with self-contained breathing apparatus; hotel search and rescue with SCBA; class A fire with all-purpose nozzle and applicator; class B fire with all-purpose nozzle and applicator.

Medical Emergencies at Sea

USCG-approved for First Aid and CPR licensing requirements 46 CFR 28.210 and STCW Elementary First Aid

$120 members | $135 non-members | Class Schedule

This specialized class focuses on the unique problems encountered in performing first aid at sea, where the victim has only his crewmates to depend on. Training by medical professionals includes hands-on practice at patient assessment, CPR, AED, wound management, transporting the injured, medevacs and other emergency medical procedures. Course concludes with a practical scenario.

First Aid and CPR certification is valid for two years.

Basic Fire Fighting

(16 hrs, 2 days) $575 members | $600 non-members | Class Schedule

Satisfies the STCW Basic Training Firefighting requirement

The first day of class is spent at NPFVOA learning fire prevention, detection, equipment and firefighting strategies. Participants learn fire control theory and gain experience at using portable fire extinguishers, SCBAs, fixed fire suppression systems and water hoses.

The second day of class is hands-on practice at fighting fires under very realistic circumstances at the Washington State Fire Training Academy using a 147-foot vessel simulator and a variety of other props.

Personal Survival Techniques

(12 hrs) $325 members | $350 non-members | Class Schedule

  • Principles of Survival at Sea
  • Preparing for Emergency Situations
  • Lifesaving Equipment
  • Evacuation
  • Helicopter Assistance
  • Distress Signals
  • Emergency Radio Equipment

Personal Safety & Social Responsibility

(4 hrs) $110 members | $125 non-members | Class Schedule

  • Complying with Emergency Procedures
  • Taking precautions to Prevent Pollution of the Marine Environment
  • Observing Safe Working Practices
  • Understanding orders and Being Understood in Relation to Shipboard Duties
  • Contributing to Effective Human Relationships on Board Ship

STCW Basic Training Refresher

(3 days) $875 members | $900 non-members | Class Schedule

STCW Basic Training Refresher is a 3-Day Coast Guard approved course, including:

  • Medical Emergencies at Sea (8 hrs.)
  • Personal Survival Techniques (8 hrs.)
  • Basic Fire Fighting at the WA State Fire Training Academy (8 hrs.)

Successful completion of this three day course demonstrates continued proficiency in Basic Training in accordance with STCW Code Part A.

STCW Medical Care Provider

(4 days) $1150 members | $1250 non-members | Class Schedule

Satisfies USCG Medical First Aid training requirements of Section A-VI/4 and Table A-VI/4-1 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 12.13-1.

Medical first aid providers conduct a primary and secondary survey of a sick or injured crewmember, immobilize the patient, and begin immediate treatment to preserve life – typically done prior to seeking radio medical advice. This STCW advanced course teaches the knowledge and skills to perform these duties effectively. Prerequisite: Elementary First Aid.

DRILL

Emergency Drill Instructor Workshop

(8 hrs)  USCG-approved for 46 CFR 28.270

$110 members | $135 non-members | Class Schedule

This course is intended for shipboard personnel who are responsible for conducting a vessel’s monthly required drills. A minimum of one certified drill instructor is required onboard. The certification has a five year expiration date. Topics covered include:

  • procedures for conducting the monthly emergency drills required by the Coast Guard,
  • how to run effective safety orientations,
  • realistic drill scenarios,
  • importance of debriefing all drills, and
  • proper documentation.

Onboard Drill Instructor Workshop

(8 hrs)  Cost depends on crew size, see chart

USCG-approved for 46 CFR 28.270

This full-day course is conducted on board your vessel and is designed to help crews develop effective emergency response plans and to practice realistic drills based on the vessel’s own safety equipment and mode of operations. To make this hands-on training as realistic as possible, crews use a variety of lifesaving equipment provided by NPFVOA and their own vessels, like “smoke” to simulate an onboard fire.

Anyone participating will receive a Drill Instructor card.

Crew Size Members Non-members
4-9 $950 $1100
10-25 $1450 1750
more than 25 $2150 $2650

MEDICAL

Medical Emergencies at Sea

(8 hours) $120 members | $135 non-members | Class Schedule

USCG-approved for First Aid and CPR licensing requirements 46 CFR 28.210 and STCW Elementary First Aid

This specialized class focuses on the unique problems encountered in performing first aid at sea, where the victim has only his crewmates to depend on. Training by medical professionals includes hands-on practice at patient assessment, CPR, AED, wound management, transporting the injured, medevacs and other emergency medical procedures. Course concludes with a practical scenario.

First Aid and CPR certification is valid for two years.

STCW Medical Care Provider

(4 days) $1150 members | $1250 non-members | Class Schedule

Satisfies USCG Medical First Aid training requirements of Section A-VI/4 and Table A-VI/4-1 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 12.13-1.

Medical first aid providers conduct a primary and secondary survey of a sick or injured crewmember, immobilize the patient, and begin immediate treatment to preserve life – typically done prior to seeking radio medical advice. This SCTW advanced course teaches the knowledge and skills to perform these duties effectively. Prerequisite: Elementary First Aid.

Workplace First Aid & CPR

(3 hrs) $65 members | $75 non-members | Class Schedule

This class is designed for office personnel. Attention is on common injuries and illnesses that can occur and trains the worker to call 911 and stabilize the co-worker until help arrives.

This class meets all OSHA and WISHA requirements for first aid/CPR in the workplace, and is approved by the Department of Labor and Industries.

 

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SURVIVAL

Personal Survival Techniques

(12 hrs) $325 members | $350 non-members | Class Schedule

  • Principles of Survival at Sea
  • Preparing for Emergency Situations
  • Lifesaving Equipment
  • Evacuation
  • Helicopter Assistance
  • Distress Signals
  • Emergency Radio Equipment

Safety Equipment & Survival Procedures

(8 hrs) $250 members | $280 non-members | Class Schedule

This Coast Guard approved, hands-on course covers survival theory using visual aids, in-the-water exercises with immersion suits, man-overboard retrieval devices, an inflatable liferaft and an array of other survival gear. Instruction includes survival-at-sea techniques, search and rescue procedures, and treatment of hypothermia. Hands-on training covers signaling devices, man-overboard and abandon-ship emergencies, and cold water survival techniques.

In-the-Water Survival Training

(approx. 2 hrs) Cost depends on class size and location

This class will teach you how to don an immersion suit, abandon ship, and enter a liferaft. Call (206) 285-3383 to schedule or for more information.

Shipboard Damage Control Training

(8 hours) $300 members | $315 non-members | Class Schedule

This course teaches all of the basic requirements needed to conduct successful damage control in a controlled environment. There is a classroom session given on the investigation of damage. The hands-on training sessions consist of shoring principles, layout, plugging, pipe patching, and dewatering. During the afternoon session the students are given a wet battle problem to control.

This class is taught at the Bremerton International Emergency Service Training Center in Bremerton, WA.

FIREFIGHTING

Basic Fire Fighting


(16 hrs, 2 days) $575 members | $600 non-members | Class Schedule

Satisfies the STCW Basic Training Firefighting requirement

The first day of class is spent at NPFVOA learning fire prevention, detection, equipment and firefighting strategies. Participants learn fire control theory and gain experience at using portable fire extinguishers, SCBAs, fixed fire suppression systems and water hoses.

The second day of class is hands-on practice at fighting fires under very realistic circumstances at the Washington State Fire Training Academy using a 147-foot vessel simulator and a variety of other props.

Team Firefighting

(8 hrs) Cost depends on crew size | Class Schedule

Call (206) 285-3383 to schedule.


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MARITIME ESSENTIALS

Navigation: Collision Avoidance

(8 hrs) $150 members | $200 non-members | Class Schedule

This fundamental course is recommended for the beginning seaman and as a refresher for the experienced mariner with instruction on the following topics: Watchkeeping standards Overview: The “Rules of the Road” Analysis of crew casualties and the lessons learned from these events Voyage planning/chart problems

Marine Weather Workshop

(8 hrs) $150 members | $200 non-members | Class Schedule

This course covers using weather forecasting tools and data to navigate safely in adverse condtions.

  • Ocean Prediction Center’s (OPC) warnings analyses, and forecast products
  • Secrets to interpreting OPC’s 500 Mb charts
  • How to properly display and analyze marine weather analysis and forecast chart information for timely and prudent decision making
  • Surface pressure analyses and forecasts
  • Wave formation, propagation, and decay and the impact differences between breaking and non-breaking waves
  • How to integrate weather reports to minimize duration of encounter of adverse conditions
  • “Rules of Thumb” for avoidance

Marine weather communications and weather resources at sea – from HF single sideband radio-facsimile charts to e-mail access and the OPC internet.

Fishing Vessel Stability

(4 hrs) $150 members | $175 non-members | Class Schedule

Topics covered:

  • Stability terminology
  • Factors Affecting Stability
  • The Stability & Trim Booklet
  • Stability Model Demonstrations
  • Stability Calculations


HAZWOPER

HAZWOPER Hazardous Materials Technician

(24 hrs) $400 members | $425 non-members | Class Schedule

NPFVOA has teamed up with American Environmental Services, LLC in order to provide HAZWOPER classes, as required under 29 CFR 1910.120. Classes are scheduled monthly or by request.

HAZWOPER Refresher

(8 hrs) $175 members | $200 non-members | Class Schedule

The required annual 8-hour refresher of the 24-hour training. Held monthly on the first or last day of the 24-hour class.

SHIPYARD COMPETENT PERSON

Shipyard Competent Person

(24 hrs) $575 members | $595 non-members | Class Schedule

This course is taught by an NPFA certified marine chemist.

The requirements to perform the duties of an SCP can be found in 29 CFR 1915.7. The SCP must be able to understand the directions and instructions left by the NFPA certified marine chemist; have knowledge of the subparts of 29 CFR 1915; know the structure and location where work is to be performed on vessels and within shipyard location; must understand how to use testing equipment and how to accurately interpret the results of required instrumentation as well as how to post results and maintain records.

In order to be recognized as a qualified SCP to work on US Navy vessels one must successfully complete an initial 3-day course and receive annual 1-day classes taught by an NFPA certified marine chemist.

8-Hour Shipyard Competent Person Refresher

(8 hrs) $200 members | $225 non-members | Class Schedule

This one-day annual refresher is required to keep an SCP certification current. This course is taught by an NFPA certified marine chemist.

10-Hour Marine OSHA Course

(10 hrs) Class Schedule

This 10-hour maritime course for shipyard employment is intended to provide entry-level safety and health-hazard information tailored to shipyard employees involved in ship repairing, shipbuilding, and shipbreaking. This entry-level course focuses on identification, avoidance, control, and prevention.

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Shipboard Watertight Door and Hatch Training

***on hiatus***

(4.5 hrs) $190 members | $220 non-members | Class Schedule

This hands-on training shows how to perform maintenance on doors, hatches and scuttles. The class stresses the importance of using proper repair parts and shows examples of the dangers of performing improper “fixes.” This information is a must for all size vessels!

This class is taught at the Bremerton International Emergency Service Training Center in Bremerton, WA, or onboard your vessel.

Scope of Training:

  • Doors and hatches; their uses, types and location
  • Disassemble various watertight doors, perform maintenance, adjustments and chalk test
  • Disassemble individual watertight doors, perform maintenance, adjustments, and chalk test
  • Make adjustments to scuttle, review parts list for doors, hatches and scuttles
  • Debrief, clean up and critiques

Specimen Collection Certification

(3 hrs) $100 members | $125 non-members | Class Schedule

This class provides the appropriate training and proficiency testing to allow vessel personnel to conduct specimen collections according to the regulations described in 49 CFR Part 40.

This certification is valid for five years.

Pedestal Crane Operator Safety Training

(4 hrs) $175 members | $200 non-members | Class Schedule

This theory course is designed to assist supervisors in identifying critical elements of the crane environment that are key in operating cranes. Loading and unloading is one of the most dangerous operations crewmembers participate in and this course helps the supervisor establish and maintain safe operating arenas (both on and off the vessel) when cargo is being moved.

Topics include: Industry safety standards – What to look for during the pre-shift inspection – How to detect defects in crane structure – Most common hazards related to pedestal cranes – Safe crane operations – Rigging principles – Hand Signals