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.
We have adapted FFAST to adjust to COVID 19 restrictions. We are currently providing 8 hour hybrid first aid and CPR trainings for fishermen via a mix of online and in person instruction.
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:
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.
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.
This kit building guide was put together based off of recommendations from safety professionals as well as commercial crabbers.
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.
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.
The above 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.