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GWO 5 Basic Safety Training Modules – Sea Survival

GWO 5 Basic Safety Training Modules - Sea Survival

Offshore wind is becoming a bigger source of renewable energy – whether that’s in Scotland or the USA. As the industry expands at sea, there will be greater demand for offshore workers. Compared to onshore, offshore work requires an extra GWO Basic Safety Training module – the Sea Survival module.

Global Wind Organisation Basic Safety Training

The GWO Basic Safety Training package consists of 5 modules: Working at Height, Manual Handling, Sea Survival, First Aid and Fire Awareness. This package is offered at a reduced cost* when booking at NRS Training Services. There is also an Onshore Package available without GWO Sea Survival.

Why GWO Sea Survival is Important

This module is tailored specifically to the wind industry and designed to address the tasks and hazards which may arise in this unique workplace. GWO consider the overall objective of the course to be:

[P]articipants hav[ing] the ability to act safely and responsibly in an offshore work environment and to take responsibility for their own and fellow employees’ safety in work situations as well as in emergency situations.

Safety is vital to the offshore workplace – workplaces are remote, far from advanced medical facilities and can be subject to hostile weather. It’s important to ensure that everyone working in this environment understands the hazards and risks and is trained to mitigate them by following their training.

Contents of GWO Sea Survival

Now that we understand the aim of the module, let’s have a look at the lessons which allow participants to achieve our aim of safety at sea. There are 8 lessons which provide participants with Sea Survival knowledge and skills:

  • Safety Culture and Legacy
  • Cold Water Immersion
  • Life Saving Appliances and PPE
  • SAR and GMDSS
  • Practical Sea Survival
  • Safe Travel and Transfer
  • Installations, Vessels and WTGs
  • Transfer Practical

As with all GWO courses, you will also be given an overview of global and national legislation relating to Sea Survival. These lessons are designed to give you a solid foundation on the theoretical aspects of working at sea, safety and rescue equipment, and how to survive in an emergency situation. Better yet, you’ll be given high-quality industry training on safely working offshore and be put through your paces with evacuation and life raft drills. By the time you finish the course, you’ll have a whole new maritime skillset!

GWO Sea survival course training in swimming pool
Training in the use of a liferaft is a key learning objective of the GWO Sea Survival module


Course Length

GWO Sea Survival is one day in length, with 390 minutes of training time.

Course Assessment

Not an exam person? Don’t worry! This training isn’t designed to ‘weed out’, but rather to ‘train in’ competent workers. While we will monitor the development your knowledge and skills on Sea Survival as we move through the lessons, we build a participative learning environment – that means allowing discussions about the subjects instead of a one-way lecture. We have participants complete in a multi-choice test at the end of the day – support will be provided for those whose primary language is not English.

Why choose NRS Training Services?

Situated in the middle of the Central Belt near the village of Caldercruix, we are just a 30-minute drive from Glasgow and 40-minutes from Edinburgh. We provide free parking on-site and can provide space for those wishing to park camper vans while on training courses. We are also easily accessible by public transport. Caldercruix Rail Station sits on the Helensburgh-Edinburgh line, providing a train to Glasgow or Edinburgh every 30 minutes.

Our instructors are experienced, with backgrounds in the industry. We use our facilities and experience to create realistic training at our facility. We also offer excellent and competitive pricing. Get in touch today by emailing us at or call on 020 8895 6794.


Q: Is BOSIET training valid as a replacement for GWO Sea Survival?

No. BOSIET is designed for the offshore oil and gas industry. GWO Sea Survival is required for working in the offshore wind industry.


Q: I recently completed all GWO BST modules minus the Sea Survival course. Do I really need Sea Survival?

If you work onshore exclusively, no. If you wish to expand your CV and would like to work offshore, then yes, this is a mandatory course.


Q: How long is the course valid for?

GWO Sea Survival is valid for 2 years after the initial completion date. If you complete the Refresher within 60 days of the expiry date, your expiry date will automatically move forward to the same date as your first course: e.g., if your initial training was completed on 30/01/2022, and refresher training completed 05/12/2023, your next expiry date will be 30/01/2025.


Q: I’m looking to start work offshore, but my trade doesn’t require me to transfer on to turbines. Do I need this course?

We’d always advise you to speak to your company or sponsor in the first instance. In our experience, it is very common for those working in construction or support roles to gain their full GWO BST. For those working in offshore wind, Sea Survival is generally required.


Q: What if I can’t swim?

While swimming is part of the standard and should be practised by participants, you will be wearing survival suits for the practical elements. These suits not only keep you dry inside, they have a buoyant quality which makes swimming and floating easy. There will always be one instructor present as a designated standby swimmer and lifeguards when conducting the practical sea survival training.


* Reduced cost as opposed to booking each module separately. Terms and conditions apply.

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