IASST Meeting to be Held at Canadian Coast Guard College

The International Association for Safety and Survival Training (IASST) will be holding its 48th semi-annual, international meeting and safety seminar during the Victoria Day long weekend, from May 19 to 23, 2006, at the Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The IASST was founded in 1980 by a group of safety training providers who identified the need to enhance the quality of emergency response training through an interchange of knowledge and experience between training providers, on a global basis. The original objectives of enhancing safety in the maritime environment and of promoting continuous improvement in safety and survival training internationally remain unchanged.

A Marine Safety seminar, on the theme of "Self Rescue", will be held on May 22, in conjunction with the IASST meeting. The seminar will feature expert speakers on a variety of safety issues. Topics of presentations include: cold water exposure, training modules, Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR), computer modeling for SAR planning and fishing industry safety. A lifeboat launch simulator developed by Virtual Marine Technology, St. John’s NF, will be on site for viewing.

Interested members of the general public are welcome to attend the Marine Safety Seminar. Advanced registration is encouraged (by May 15) but registrations will be accepted on May 22 between 8 and 9 a.m. The seminar fee of $100, includes lunch on May 22. Persons wishing to attend the evening tour and dinner event at Fortress Louisbourg on May 22 must register by May 15, by contacting Wayne Ashford at (902) 567-3205. The cost for this event is $50 per person.

Further details about the meeting, the seminar and information regarding registration for these events are available at: http://iasst-conference-2006.org/main.html