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January 17, 2020

Training Takes Center Stage in Madden Center

Doug Karlson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Above: Crew training in the main lecture hall of the Madden Center; Below: Students prepare for emergencies in Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training.

For a few weeks this past fall it wasn’t unusual to see students in the hallway attending to an “injured” classmate, or practicing the proper use of an inflatable life raft.  It’s all part of SEA’s mission to provide professional development and training for SEA crew and others. Such training is required for Coast Guard licensing of able seamen, mates and medical officers.

Four programs were conducted: Basic Training, Celestial Navigation, Wilderness First Responder, and Wilderness First Responder recertification.  Sea Education Association sponsors for the training, and SEA captains are the instructors for Basic Training and Celestial Navigation. Wilderness First Responder (WFR), “Woofer” for short, is taught by Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMA), which is based in Portland, Maine.

The courses are open to all and attended by SEA crew as well as other maritime professionals, back country guides, and outdoor educators. This fall, 65 people from around the country participated in the programs, which range from two to ten days each.

SEA Senior Research Assistant Jessica Donohue, C-210, coordinates the logistics of SEA crew training. “It was great to have so many on campus take these trainings. Things went smoothly and we’ve gotten very good feedback. It’s great to work with such knowledgeable individuals providing these great courses,” she said.

Learn about future crew training.

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