FFAST – Fishermen First Aid and Safety Training

FFAST – Fishermen First Aid and Safety Training

Training and resources for keeping fishermen safe at sea

The Fishermen Led Injury Prevention Program (FLIPP) developed this first aid class that incorporate wilderness first aid and specific work tasks/situations found on commercial fishing vessels.

We are now collaborating with partners in Alaska and New England to build capacity for this training thanks to a training grant from NIOSH


Upcoming Trainings and Events

Charleston, OR November 9-10, 2022

Newport, OR April 6-7, 2023

Astoria, OR May 8-9, 2023

Check out the online course and contact [email protected] for more info about scheduling a course for you or your crew.


FFAST is based off real life experiences that fishermen have at sea. We are using injury data for realistic training scenarios and information.

Learn more about FFAST through this video produced by OSU's Marine Studies Initiative:

Community Resilience

Organizations like the Newport Fishermen’s Wives show us how important community resiliency is and how FFAST is part of it.

First Aid Kit Resources for Commercial Fishing Vessels

Another important strategy in improving fisherman safety is to ensure that each boat has a fully-stocked and comprehensive first aid kit suited to specific needs and situations that might arise while out at sea.

What Should Go in Your First Aid Kit?

Learn what’s in a commercial fisherman’s first aid kit. Having an industry specific first aid kit could make treating injuries at sea more effective.

Other First Aid Kit Resources

This kit building guide was put together based off of recommendations from safety professionals as well as commercial crabbers.

First Aid Training Resources for Commercial Fishermen

These videos can be used in First Aid and Safety Training.


The U.S. Coast Guard is there to help you in an ocean emergency. Learn the proper protocol for calling the coast guard from your fishing vessel.

Scene Assessment

What are the first steps to take when someone is hurt on your fishing vessel? Learn how to safely assess the scene when an event happens.


These micro-lessons accompany the Fishermen First Aid and Safety Training (FFAST).

These are not meant to replace the training, but are a quick reminder of key concepts for administering first aid while out at sea.

Each short video corresponds with a specific lesson and first aid skill.