SEARHC to offer boating instructor course starting in Feb

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2008

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Injury Prevention Department is partnering with the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association to host a recreational boating instructor course Feb. 27 to March 3 in Sitka.

This training program is designed to teach participants how to deliver recreational boating safety courses in their own communities. Participants will be trained in methods of instruction, hypothermia, alcohol and boating, signals and shelters, risk assessment, personal flotation device use, cold-water survival and shore survival.

The class size will be limited to 10 participants, and the class is targeted toward residents of Wrangell, Petersburg, Craig, Klawock, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake, Haines, Klukwan and Sitka. This is a custom marine safety course designed to meet the demand for increased attention to injury prevention in recreational boating throughout the region.

The SEARHC Injury Prevention Department is providing scholarships that include travel, lodging and tuition for people from the listed communities on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration and scholarship applications is Wednesday, due to travel bookings.

For more information about the recreational boating instructor course and scholarships, contact SEARHC Injury Prevention Specialist Evon Nesheim at (907) 966-8804 or The registration form is online at

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