Man overboard safety and awareness training for fishing vessels

Published: 20/10/2021

To help prevent man overboard incidents, The Fishing Industry Safety Group (NNFO) has secured £200,000 in funding to deliver in-water awareness events.

The programme is aimed at the fishing industry and will be used to explain how to avoid going over the side and improving the chances of survival if this should happen.

The biggest, single cause of workplace fatalities in the fishing industry is falling overboard. Last year, five out of nine incidents reported by Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) were fishermen going overboard and tragically losing their lives at sea.

The RNLI and Seafish have teamed up to deliver the series of events at environmental training pools across the UK.

Click the image below, to get a better understanding of what it involves.

In water awareness Seafish

Image credit: Seafish

Dates and venues are listed below, and we highly encourage anyone working on a fishing vessel to book and attend these fully funded events.

Spaces are limited so early sign up is recommended.

To find out more on how to book please visit Seafish




RNLI College, Poole 

21 and 22 October 2021 

Fleetwood Nautical Campus 

29 and 30 October 2021 

Survivex, Aberdeen 

22 and 23 November 2021 

East Coast College, Lowestoft 

08, 09 and 10 December 2021 

South Shields Marine School 

25, 26 and 27 January 2022 

National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork 

January/February 2022 (date TBC)

Fleetwood Nautical Campus 

11 and 12 March 2022 

Survivex, Aberdeen  11/12 May 2022 


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