Fishermen Training

Upcoming In-Person Training: New Crew Safety, Survival & Basic Skills

May 9, 10, 11 from 8am-5pm, Chatham, MA. 

Taught by certified instructors from the Commercial Fisheries Center of RI 

Click here to apply before April 28


This free course includes Maritime Safety & Survival, Basic Skills, Job Expectations, and Introduction to Local Fisheries. Graduates receive Drill Conductor Certification.  Must be at least 18 years old to earn certificates; younger students welcome with parent’s permission.  Learn more- click here!


Have you wanted to pursue a career on the water and not known where to start? Fishermen’s Alliance is hosting free training for new and beginning fishermen on Cape Cod.

Experienced fishermen, certified marine safety trainers, and local fisheries experts team up to conduct our introductory level course. The curriculum includes an overview of local fisheries, crew responsibilities and expectations, certification in at-sea safety/survival, basic knot tying, and more! Upon successful completion of the course, trainees receive connections to job opportunities.

Fishermen’s Alliance has held two pilot training programs to date, as well as several workshops with local high school students, reaching a total of 45 participants.


Our free online Introduction to Cape Cod Commercial Fishing course is now available!  Sign up here.


Safety training is incredibly important, no matter how long you’ve been fishing.  Free maritime safety trainings and refreshers are regularly available through Fishing Partnership Support Services

Review fishing jobs available in our Classifieds

Contact Melissa if you are interested in a commercial fishing career!

Looking for our Training Framework?  This report outlines Cape Cod’s training needs and proposed solutions.

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