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Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program

Observer Training

Immersion Suits
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Safety training includes immersion suit donning and a timed test © FLMNH


Immersion suits are critical in the event of catastrophic events at sea leading to people entering the water for extended periods of time. Coast Guard-approved immersion suits (also referred to as exposure or survival suits) are required for marine waters:
  • On all documented vessels operating beyond the Boundary Line and north of 32N latitude or south of 32S latitude (boundary lines follow the trend of the shoreline and are used in the application of various shipping regulations as described in 46 CFR part 7; and
  • On all vessels, documented or state registered, operating beyond coastal waters (three miles and beyond) in a designated "cold water" area where the normal monthly average water temperature is 59F or less.

Important documents regarding the use of immersion suits:
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Immersion suit pool session