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ERRV Crew Fast Rescue Craft Boatman Training Standard

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 6170

Who is this Product for?

This Product is to meet the initial emergency response training requirements for an ERRV FRC boatman. Further vessel specific training is required.

What does this Product cover?

This Product is to equip the learner with the initial knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform the role of ERRV Crew Fast Rescue Craft Boatman.

Note: Additional vessel specific training will be required.

Entry Requirements

Attendance on this training course is open to learners who have a valid OPITO approved ERRV Crew Initial Training Shipboard Operations (ITSO) certificate or reassessment to an equivalent standard through the Ongoing On-board Development and Training Programme OODTP.

*Note: A current and valid Advanced Medical Aider may attend this course if they do not possess a valid ITSO certificate. However in this instance they have to have a current ERRV OODTP for Masters and Crew (OPITO Code 6190)

Medical entry requirements

Training activities contained within this Product may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements. All personnel who participate in such activities must be capable of participating fully.

OPITO-approved Centres are therefore required, as a minimum, to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises the learner provides written confirmation that they deem themselves capable of undertaking all aspects of the training. Centres must also make the learner aware that they must immediately inform the Centre staff if this capability changes – at any time prior to, or during the programme.

Learners must be advised that they are required to declare any current or pre-existing medical conditions which may be exacerbated by, or impair their ability to complete, the training programme. Should this be the case, the individual may be required to provide an authentic medical certificate issued since any identified medical condition was diagnosed.

The OPITO-approved Centre shall keep a record of the learner’s declaration of fitness in accordance with their document control policy(s) or procedures.

This information, along with summary details of the type of physical activities the learner will be asked to perform, will be given to learners by the OPITO-approved Centre and, if applicable, to their sponsoring company as part of the joining instructions. The responsibility for declaring any known current or pre-existing medical conditions that could have adverse effects to the individual’s state of health while undertaking the training activities lies with the learner and/or company sponsoring the learner.

Where doubt exists regarding the fitness of any learner, the OPITO-approved Centre should direct the individual to consult a medical officer familiar with the nature and extent of the training.

Note: Practical exercises must be designed and delivered solely to meet this Product, and must not place on the learner any demands other than those required to meet the Product.

Product Achievement Requirements

To achieve the ERRV Crew Fast Rescue Craft Boatman Training Standard the learner will need to complete the 1 mandatory unit.

Guided Learning Hours

16 hours

Ratio of 40% theory to 60% practical is appropriate.

What could this Product lead to?

ERRV FRC Coxswain - ERRV FRC Boatman and 3 Months Sea Service as a Boatman and ERRV FRC Coxswain Training

Please also refer to OODTP Training & Competence Assessment for ERRV Roles supporting document.


3 years

Training establishments and employers should recognise that this is only part of a broader training/assessment programme as OPITO approved FRC Boatmen are continuously trained and assessed based on the OPITO approved Ongoing Onboard Development and Training Programme for ERRV Masters and Crews standard.

Please note: If the expiry date on the learners previous certificate is within 3 months prior of the course enrolment date then the date of the new certificate should correspond with the expiry date of the existing/previous certificate unless stated otherwise by the Duty Holder or Asset Owner or Operator.

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