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Cold Water Survival Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA or CSA.

We Offer Three Differnt Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant 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 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 training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

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

Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.

Train the Trainer

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

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Training Course?

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:

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 OSHA compliant 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 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

    Did You Know?

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

    “Cold water” is any water that is 70 degree F or colder.

    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.

    Cold Water Survival Frequently Asked Questions

    How long can someone survive in cold water?

    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?

    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?

    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?

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

    My trainee scored 80% on the exam. Did he pass or fail?

    Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to operate a boom truck. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.

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