'Pro-More Security for Sea Men' Association - a pilot project providing recycling training for improving sea fishermen security

Title'Pro-More Security for Sea Men' Association - a pilot project providing recycling training for improving sea fishermen security
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsFestas, Jé, Martinho, F
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers03-12

­This project is open for networking and benefits from national and international cooperation regarding the promotion of high standards of safety for sea users.

The “APMSHM” here presents the project “Recycling Training for Improving Sea Fishermen Security (2007 – 2013)”, designed to promote more security for fishermen. This project is part of a larger action plan and is to be complemented with other initiatives aimed at improving security not only on fishing activities but also on any other activities taking place at the sea, either for work or sport, tourism or leisure purposes. This project takes into consideration the type and quality of the equipments required aboard working and lifesaving boats, as well as the composition of the teams – professionals, voluntaries or mixed teams – that should be integrated in the Coastal Maritime Safety Total Services System.

Even though the project is designed for all sea users, fishermen are the main subject to be approached, not only due to the amount of time they spend aboard their boats, but also because of their common lack of knowledge on safety matters. Having that in mind, the major aim of this project is to provide recycling training for fishermen and other workers aboard fishing boats, in order to reduce the risks associated with their jobs. To do the abovementioned, fishermen are provided with information, new skill competences and updated technical knowledge required for their tasks to be completed with safety. With this project, “APMSHM” proposes to offer training actions with 30 hours, from 2007 to 2013.

The designed training programme will include the following components:

  • How to avoid working accidents;
  • Security for onboard working operations;
  • Navigation – Contribution to security in movement;
  • Safety in emergency situations – Introduction to Basic Life Support;
  • Training on fishing work context.

The trainers will be selected from two groups:

  • Patrons with updated working in sea fishermen boats – “APMSHM” members;
  • Specialized Water Safety Trainers with Professional Training Certification and experience in AsNaSA Portugal Courses: Water Lifesavers - Level II and Water Safety Technicians - Level III.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the importance of sea fishermen, as trainees with active participation on training actions and as trainers who pass on the acquired information on safety measures.
  • Understand the importance of taking part, as partners, in the design of innovative project applications to European Learning Programmes oriented to the improvement of the quality in Sea Fishermen Safety Standards Training.
  • Understand the importance of becoming an international partner in multipurpose and innovative projects such as: InterReg – Boarder Regions form Portugal and Spain;  Atlantic Space (Portugal; Spain; France; Unit Kingdom; Ireland); European Cooperation for Development – with “CPLP”.
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