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Maritime Cold Water Survival Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Maritime Cold Water Survival Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Maritime Cold Water Survival certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Maritime Cold Water Survival Training Course?

Our Cold Water Survival training course is OSHA Aligned, 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.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Cold Water Survival Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1926.106 – Working on or Near Water
  • 33 CFR 149.338 – Immersion Suit Requirements
  • 46 CFR 199.273 – Immersion Suits
  • 46 CFR 160.064 & 160.076 – Inherently Buoyant & Inflatable PFDs
  • 46 CFR 28.265 – Emergency Instructions
  • 46 CFR 28.270 – Instructions, Drills, and Safety Orientation
  • 46 CFR 28.105 – PFDs & Immersion Suits: General Requirements
  • 46 CFR 25.25 – Life Preservers & Other Lifesaving Equipment
  • Canada Standards

  • SOR 93(1) – Emergency Procedures
  • SOR 93(2) – Training
  • SOR 144 – Fall Protection Systems
  • SOR 147 – Protection Against Drowning
  • SOLAS 3 – Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Cold Water Survival Safety Training?

    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.

    Stay Informed On All Things Cold Water Survival

    Did You Know?

    Cold water carries the body’s heat away 25 times faster than air of the same temperature.

    The 1-10-1 rule says you have one minute to control your breathing, less than 10 minutes for self-rescue, and one hour before you become unconscious due to hypothermia. (Source: Nat’l Water Safety Congress)


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    How long can someone survive in cold water?

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    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)

    What is the most important thing to do when immersed in cold water?

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    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.

    What is the HELP position?

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    HELP stands for Heat Escape Lessoning Position. It is when you cross your legs, raise your knees to your chest, and hug yourself.

    Can lifejackets really help?

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    The USCG estimates that 80% of boating fatalities could be prevented if people would wear life jackets.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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