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By Dan Rudy 

High schoolers earn certifications in onboard survival drills


October 12, 2017

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Wearing emergency immersion suits on October 5, a group of high school students taking part in a two-day marine survival course take turns boarding a SOLAS (safety of life at sea) raft in the Wrangell public swimming pool. Parks and Rec staff turned off the heat so that the water would be appropriately cold.

Eleven Wrangell high school students took part in a two-day workshop, enabling their certification to conduct fishing vessel drills.

Secondary schools principal Bill Schwan explained the 18-hour instructional course was provided through a grant with Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, a Sitka-based organization which provides marine safety training for a variety of nautical activities across the country. Its Coast Guard-approved fishing vessel drill conductor trainings focus on safety issues pertinent to commercial fishing, but the skills have wider applications for subsistence and...

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