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Maritime Man Overboard Training & Certification

Built to STCW standards as put forth by the IMO. Also complies with OSHA and Canada applicable standards.


We Offer Three Types of Man Overboard Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Man Overboard 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 Man Overboard Training Course?

Our Maritime Man Overboard training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

This 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 as required by OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 2 – 2.5 hours.

Training Scope: Course Goals: Intended Audience:

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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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Maritime Man Overboard 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 Maritime Man Overboard Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, crew members aboard commercial vessels must receive training to ensure that employees know what to do in the event of an emergency with a man overboard.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances are very specific: employees must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they still understand and can adhere to the standards and proper safety.

    Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of training. 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 Maritime Man Overboard

    Did You Know?

    Vessel disasters are the number one killer of commercial fishermen.

    Under the STCW, it is acceptable for a seafarer to work up to 98 hours a week.

    The first civilian helicopter hoist rescue was performed by Dimitry Viner near Fairfield, Connecticut on November 29, 1945.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Can you survive going overboard?

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    Survival rates for a man overboard depend on previous preparation. If the seafarers are prepared with proper equipment and have done drills, then the likelihood of rescuing a man overboard increases because of the decreased reaction time.

    What equipment is needed in a man overboard situation?

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    Personal floatation devices are a necessity. Different types of vessels will require different personal floatation devices depending on specific standards. There are many different types of equipment needed depending on the type of vessel. For example, vessels that operate in the arctic will have slightly different equipment and procedures due to the freezing temperatures.

    What are the regulations on drills?

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    Employers are required to run drills at least once per month. This helps to ensure that those on the vessel are properly prepared in the case of a real emergency.


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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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