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A Basic Guide to the GWO Sea Survival Course

GWO Sea Survival Course


A Basic Guide to the GWO Sea Survival Course

The primary purpose of the GWO Sea Survival (Global Wind Organisation) course is to provide the participants with the basic knowledge and skills to behave safely and take the proper preventive actions during offshore activities – both during normal operation and emergencies in an offshore wind energy environment.

Developed by the Global Wind Organization for individuals in the wind industry, the GWO Sea Survival training is a part of the five modules of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST). These five modules include GWO Sea Survival, GWO Module First Aid, GWO Module Manual Handling, GWO Module Fire Awareness, GWO Module Working at Heights, and GWO Module Sea Survival, all of which provide delegates with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate safely in the wind industry.

From the training, participants will learn various survival techniques and practices of safe transfer between vessels and offshore wind installations. Theoretical and practical training will allow delegates to understand what they need to do during certain situations.

Course Objectives

The main objectives of the GWO Sea Survival module are to make sure that:

  • The delegates can prove that they have the right knowledge regarding the dangers and symptoms associated with hypothermia and drowning.
  • The delegates are able to show that they understand the advantages and drawbacks of the different LSA, PPE, and PEPE that are used offshore in the industry of wind and energy. They need to demonstrate the ability to execute them properly.
  • The delegates can demonstrate that they can safely transfer from a vessel to dock, a vessel to the foundation, and a vessel to another vessel.
  • The delegates are able to show that they know the emergency and safety procedures on installations, vessels, and Wind Turbine Generator (WTG).
  • The delegates can demonstrate recovery and First Aid treatment of a man overboard – an emergency situation where the overboard person needs to be rescued as soon as possible due to rough weather and sea, or else the person can get hypothermia.
  • The delegates can demonstrate their knowledge of SAR (Search and Rescue) and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
  • The delegates can demonstrate evacuation from WTG to water by means of Constant Rate Descender.
  • The delegates are able to portray individual and collective survival methods at sea.

Please note that in October 2018 the GWO have reduced the course from 1.5 days to now just a 1 day course

Suitable Candidates For the Course

The GWO Sea Survival Course is ideal for those who are looking to work or already working in the offshore renewable energy industry. It is also suitable for individuals who are expected to hold a valid GWO Sea Survival certificate, which has to be renewed every two years by completing a one-day GWO Sea Survival Refresher Course.

Individuals who seek to participate in the training should be physically and medically fit to carry out the practical part of the course. They should not have any contraindications that may compromise their safety. Before the commencement of the course, participants will have to provide proof of their medical and physical fitness. Note that participants must be over eighteen years old to complete the training.

If you’re looking for a GWO training centre in Glasgow, NRS Training Services is your best option. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

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