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Maritime Personal Survival Techniques 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 Maritime Personal Survival Techniques Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Maritime Personal Survival Techniques 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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Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands-on training on your own equipment at your location. We send an instructor to your workplace (from Rexburg, Idaho), so travel expenses may apply. Because of this, onsite training is recommended for groups of five or more employees.

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What’s in the Maritime Personal Survival Techniques Training Course?

Our Maritime Personal Survival Techniques 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 1.5 – 2 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 Personal Survival Techniques Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1915.158 – Lifesaving Equipment
  • STCW 95 – Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers
  • Canada Standards

  • C.R.C., c. 1436– Lifesaving Equipment
  • STCW 95 – Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers

    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 Personal Survival Techniques Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates in the maritime industry must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards 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 equipment. 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 Personal Survival Techniques

    Did You Know?

    Life rafts have an aggregate capacity sufficient to accommodate 150 percent of the total number of people on board. Thus, a six-man raft can actually accommodate nine people.

    Every year in the United States there are an estimated: 3,960 fatal unintentional drownings, including boating-related drowning—that is an average of 11 drowning deaths per day. – CDC

    Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. – WHO


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What types of emergencies at sea would require you to abandon ship?

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    Some situations that may cause you to have to abandon ship are collision, becoming stranded or grounded, a fire or explosion, or extreme weather conditions. These are only some of the situations that can create this need, though.

    What kinds of emergencies or hazards are there after abandoning ship?

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    There are a variety of hazards you will face once you have abandoned ship. You may encounter oil on the surface of the water, sea life beneath the surface, or the dangers of the weather itself. Your life raft may flip, you may get seasick, or you may run out of food. These are only some of the things you may encounter in the open ocean.

    What is the best way to keep warm while you are in the water?

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    The best way to keep yourself warm when you are in the water is by using the Heat Escaping Lessening Posture, or HELP position. This floating fetal position is used to protect the areas that lose heat the fastest, thus fending off hypothermia.

    What are your top priorities while in the water or a life raft?

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    Your top two priorities should be staying alive and being rescued. Once you have ensured your survival for the time being, you should focus your efforts on increasing your chance of being rescued.


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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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