Offshore Survival Courses

As part of the qualifications and certifications required to work offshore, one of the most often asked about is the survival course. The BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) course comprises the minimum and basic knowledge required for offshore working. (Depending on the provider, this is usually a 3 day course) Combined with HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) the full courses are targeted at those who are new to the offshore oil and gas industry, with refreshers available for those individuals who are already working in the field. Those who work in Norwegian waters are also required to undertake a EURO course, which can often be appended to BOSIET and HUET training.


HUET practical session at PETANS Limited in Norfolk

The course contents consist of: Safety inductions, permit to work discussions, emergency breathing systems (EBS), firefighting and self-rescue, helicopter safety and escape, sea survival and survival first aid. The course certificates are usually valid for four years and can be revalidated with a shorter refresher course. (1 day)

blog_opitoThere are several training centres around the UK and abroad which offer these courses, but you should look for one that is OPITO accredited. OPITO is an industry owned organisation and ‘aims to improve safety standards, enhance the talents of existing staff and remains committed to developing a safe and skilled sector.’

OPITO sets the minimum standard which these courses should adhere to, so to ensure you’re getting the right training and information, look for an OPITO approved one, details can be found on the OPITO website.



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