Compass Courses deemed essential state business

(EDMONDS, Wash.) — Compass Courses has been deemed as an essential business and classes are running as scheduled.

The classes adhere strictly to U.S. Coast Guard, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and federal guidelines to comply with current COVID-19 safety protocols and will continue to follow any changes/updates made to these guidelines.

“We’ve reduced class sizes and we’re requiring all students and instructors to wear a face mask or covering, to practice proper hand hygiene, and to observe appropriate social distancing while in our facilities,” said owner Julie Keim.

All of the company’s fire training is now being performed at Clatsop Community College’s Maritime and Environmental Research and Training Station (MERTS) in Astoria, Ore. The facility is designed to provide training for all levels of professional mariners and is one of the most comprehensive training centers in the United States.

“We’ve partnered with Starline Luxury Coaches to provide transportation for up to 12 students on board a 56-passenger bus, configured to allow proper social distancing,” Keim said. She noted that students should come prepared with a mask and be ready to follow social distancing rules.

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By Professional Mariner Staff