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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Jan. 3, 2023

No matter your role—now is your chance to investigate mishaps at your unit and beyond 

By Keisha Reynolds, MyCG Writer

You can put your natural investigative abilities to good use by attending the Advanced Mishap Analysis Reporting Course (AMARC) now open for enrollment and beginning in February. 

“Graduates earn the Missionized Safety Assurance Force (MSAF) competency and are qualified to conduct hazard identification and analysis at their units and can leverage these new skills and techniques during unit permanent mishap boards. They will also be able to assist [the Office of Safety and Environmental Health] on a Mishap Analysis Board (MAB),” said Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Cannavo, the Safety Training manager in the Office of Safety and Environmental Health (CG-113).

For the first time, the one-week course will be held at the Aviation Training Center (ATC) in Mobile, Alabama, as an independent course, which was once taught jointly with the National Transportation Safety Board. The new location will continue to serve both surface and aviation participants. The three surface classes will include members with all different specialties. 

Cannavo explained the change. “AMARC will be taught by experts in the field specifically for Coast Guard investigations. This course is being upgraded, and moved to ATC Mobile utilizing the Coast Guard’s first and only mishap analysis center,” she said. As always, participants will learn to analyze mishaps and how to report them, in addition to being taught analysis techniques from the experts.

Training topics will include advanced analysis techniques, system safety, risk management, Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS), safety program management/leadership, and interviewing techniques.

Here are the initial dates for the surface and aviation AMARC trainings:

AMARC Surface Safety:

  • Feb. 27 – 3 March 3, 2023 
  • April 17 - April 21, 2023
  • Sept. 11 - 15, 2023

AMARC Aviation Safety:

  • May 22 - May 26, 2023

Submit an electronic training request through the electronic learning management system if you are interested in taking this course. For more information on AMARC and additional convening dates, contact Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Cannavo, Safety Training manager, at