More man overboard awareness training dates for the fishing industry

Funded events in environmental training pools across the UK aim to highlight the dangers of falling overboard fishing vessels. Find out how to book.

A programme of training courses has restarted to make fishermen more aware of the perils of man overboard incidents.  

Falling overboard is the biggest single cause of workplace fatalities in the fishing industry. In 2021, ten fishermen have tragically lost their lives at sea. Six of these were recorded as man overboard fatalities by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch. 

The Fishing Industry Safety Group has secured £260,000 to help prevent man overboard incidents. This is being used to fund delivery of in-water awareness events to explain how to avoid going over the side and what can be done to improve the chances of survival. 

A group of men in a training swimming pool with flotation devices on as part of a training exercise.
The environment pools aim to create some of the conditions experienced at sea with a wave machine and rain.

Man overboard Awareness events are run by Seafish and the RNLI at environmental training pools across the UK. Anyone working on a commercial fishing vessel is encouraged to book up to attend the events, which are fully funded. Spaces are limited so early sign up is recommended.  

These are strenuous, physical events, which are not for the faint-hearted. You should be in good physical condition to take part. Participants will be in the pool to experience a realistic man overboard experience under controlled conditions. 

Watch a video on the Home and Dry Facebook page to get a taste of what the event involves. Follow this link which will take you to Facebook Ashley MOB video (

A man is in a training pool being lifted by a winch a rope to simulate a helicopter rescue.
The events give attendees experience of what it might be like to be rescued by a helicopter.

Dates and venues

The current venues and dates for training courses are listed below. New dates and venues will be added as they are confirmed. Each event is one day. 

Venue  Dates 
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 and 12 May 2022 

Costs to attend

Trinity House and The Maritime & Coastguard Agency have provided the funding for the events.

This means we can reimburse attendees travel and subsistence costs in attending. We can also reimburse accommodation costs if required. Receipts required. 

How to book 

For more information on the events and to book a place, email our Fishermen’s Training team at