The 47th international meeting and safety conference of the International Association for Safety and Survival Training (IASST) is scheduled for Oct. 11 at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine.

The conference is expected to include world leaders in the field of maritime safety training.

Speakers will present papers on topics such as Fishing Vessel Safety, Search and Rescue, Ice Rescue, Homeland/Port Security and Cold Water Survival.

IASST was founded in 1980 by a group of major safety training providers whose aim was to enhance the quality of emergency response training by encouraging an interchange of knowledge and experience between training providers on a global basis.

Within the Association there is a wide variety of expertise, which encompasses universities, nautical colleges and scientific institutions, as well as both privately and publicly owned safety training schools, professional organizations and manufactures of all types of safety equipment. The organization presently has over 30 countries as members.

For further information on the IASST, visit For further information on the conference, contact John McMillan at (207) 338-1603.