NWMA Hosts Fast Rescue Boat Course

The Northwest Maritime Academy, right here at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, is holding a Fast Rescue Boat training course in the harbor next week — and space is still available.

Fast Rescue Boat Course Offered by Seafarers Worldwide

We have 4 seats open to fill this class

The Maritime Academy is hosting the crew of a University of Hawaii research vessel for a three-day Fast Rescue Boat (FRB) course March 2-4, taking place in the classroom and out in the harbor. Four seats are still available for the course, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Cost of the course is $1,475.

Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat – Course Description:
This three-day course is intended for personnel with previous small boat handling experience who wish to improve and adapt their skills for fast rescue boat operations. This course is a combination of classroom lecture and underway practical exercises, says Capt. Thomas Bliss, director of training at the Northwest Maritime Academy and organizer of the Fast Rescue Boat course.

For more information on course content, requirements & registration, go to:

 Fast Rescue Boat Training Course at The Northwest Maritime Academy

Fast Rescue Boat courseExpected Outcomes:
On completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Maintain the fast rescue boat for operations
  • Prepare fast rescue boat and crew for operations
  • Take charge of a fast rescue boat during and after launch
  • Respond to FRB, equipment and crew emergencies or malfunctions
  • Locate and retrieve casualties
  • Recover the fast rescue boat

There are no pre-requisites for this course; however, to receive an additional STCW USCG approved certificate, participants must:

  • Hold a Certificate for Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, or a
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft, or a
  • Lifeboatman Certificate;
  • Be 18 years of age or older and in overall good health
  • Be medically fit to undertake the practical exercises of the course

Course Content Includes:

Fast Rescue Boat course

Capt. Thomas Bliss, director of training at The Northwest Maritime Academy, is an experienced maritime safety trainer. He is organizing the Fast Rescue Boat training course at the Academy March 2-4.

Theory — Construction and outfit of rescue boats; navigation equipment; safety equipment and personal safety during FRB operations; methods of starting and operating a Fast Rescue Boat; VHF procedures in emergency situations; search patterns; FRB operations in man-overboard situations; casualty recovery and care, and more.

Practical in-water exercises — Swimming in survival suits; re-boarding following capsize; casualty recovery using Jacobs ladder; escape procedures following capsize; maneuvering practice; man-overboard rescue and casualty transfer; life raft towing; search patterns; towing distressed vessels, and more.

For more information, call (253) 358-2447.

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