Whether you want cold water survival training and certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the cold water training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.
Our Cold Water Survival training course is OSHA compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. This course contains sections on Cold Water Immersion, Safety Equipment, and Survival Techniques.
This training briefly presents the hazards of exposure to cold water that may endanger life and provides advice based on the latest medical and scientific opinion on how to prevent or minimize those dangers. Knowing what is likely to happen if you are immersed in cold water is a survival aid in itself.
The presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following maritime standards:
Employers must provide training for crew members aboard commercial vessels. You should be taught how to identify, prevent, and respond to hazards specific to your ship and the job at hand. This includes instructions on how to don and care for PFDs and immersion suits.
When it comes to refresher training, OSHA’s standard in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of safety hazards. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.
A person’s survival in cold water depends on a number of factors, including the following:
• Body size and build
• Ability to swim
• Cold tolerance
• If they’re wearing a lifejacket or PFD (personal floatation device)
Conserving your body heat is the most important thing you can do if you are in cold water. Use the HELP position to do this.
HELP stands for Heat Escape Lessoning Position. It is when you cross your legs, raise your knees to your chest, and hug yourself.
The USCG estimates that 80% of boating fatalities could be prevented if people would wear life jackets. (USCG)