SFITA Fishermens Training College
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 1.  New One-Day Radar Course This new one-day radar course for commercial fishermen has often been requested by commercial fishing skippers in recent years and is aimed at skippers who wish to learn more and get the best out of their expensive investment in the interests of safety and collision avoidance. The course topics include: ·	Understanding how radar works. ·	Using the controls and features to assist with navigation and collision avoidance. ·	Types of radar display, definition and plotting. ·	Radar reflectors and associated equipment. This is very much a hands-on course using three radar simulator sets. The course is not yet a requirement for those wishing to obtain the Seafish Under 16.5m Skipper Certificate, but it is designed to help all skippers who have already attended the navigation courses, or have attended any of the RYA navigation courses. This course is being provided free of charge for all commercial fishermen who have attended their basic safety training. Please let us know if you are interested so that we can organise a course near you.

2.  New Course Available for New Entrants Joining The Fishing Industry

A three-day fishing course for new entrants allowing you to work on a vessel for up to three months to

experience time at sea before continuing to do further training as required by law if you wish to stay in the

industry.  This will also allow you to find a job to see if you like it.

Day 1

What is commercial fishing?

What do I need to get started on board a fishing vessel?

First day at work i.e. clothing and what should I bring with me?

Good housekeeping, safe environment onboard

Looking after you catch food and hygiene

Familiarisation in what to do in an emergency

Practical on radio, how to use a radio, emergency procedures and position reporting

What is a PLB and how to use it

What do l do if the skipper falls overboard!

Practical on manual handling the catch

First aid regarding knife cuts and hooks

How to use a knife and sharpen safely    

Day 2

Introduction on safety equipment, how to use it and where to find it

Drills, monthly checklists

Practical on measuring fish and shell fish to be in the law regarding size and catch

Who is the MMO/IFCA/MCA/Seafish

Being on watch and what to do to avoid a collision

Practical on man overboard and using a bowline to tie the vessel up, anchor drill

Tides and weather, how it affects your vessel

Safety check lists


Give us a job (Where to look)

 Day 3

Sea survival/PST course, theory in classroom in morning and pool session in afternoon

Ongoing training that’s available including the 15-day course and what courses are required by law to work in fishing industry

Care and maintenance of lifejackets PFD

On completion of the course you will receive a Sea Survival certificate which will allow you to work in the

industry for up to three months whilst you are completing the other mandatory safety courses in first aid,

health & safety and firefighting.

The cost of the course is subsidised by the Southern FLAG.

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