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Travel Safely by Boat (TSbB) Initial Training

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 5605

Who is this Product for?

This Product is to meet the initial onshore safety and emergency response training for new entrants and all personnel currently travelling and transferring by boat to an offshore installation.

What does this Product cover?

This Product to ensure that all personnel travelling / transferring by boat to work in offshore areas achieve the following:

(a) Awareness of the risks to which they are exposed and how they are managed
(b) An understanding of the essential safety rules with which they must comply and how to act in an emergency
(c) An increase in their personal commitment to safety
(d) Effective use of personal safety equipment

(e) Practice and demonstrate the correct method of boat transfers (simulated boat deck and installation)

Entry Requirements

No prerequisites are required.

Learners who are in possession of a current BOSIET(with EBS), FOET(with EBS), HUET (with EBS), Tropical BOSIET, Tropical FOET, Tropical HUET, BOSIET (with CA-EBS), HUET (with CA-EBS) or FOET (with CA-EBS) are not required to participate in practical life raft and in-water sea survival exercises.

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.

Therefore, OPITO-approved training centres are required, as a minimum, to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises the learner is declared fit, in that they:

a) Possess a valid, current offshore medical certificate or

b) Possess an operator approved medical certificate or

c) Undergo medical screening by completing an appropriate medical screening form provided by the OPITO-approved Centre.

The OPITO-approved Centre shall keep a record of the learners’ declaration(s) 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 current or pre-existing medical conditions that could have adverse effects to the individual’s state of health while undertaking the training and/or assessment activities lies with the learner and/or company sponsoring the learner. Where doubt exists regarding the fitness of any learner, the OPITO-approved Centre must 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 learners any demands other than those required to meet the Product.

Product Achievement Requirements

To achieve the Travel Safely by Boat Initial Training the learner will need to complete the mandatory unit.

Guided Learning Hours

2 hours

What could this Product lead to?

Travel Safely by Boat - Further Training.

Travel Safely by Boat Supplementary Training (Personnel Transfer Basket at Sea).


4 years

The supplementary training programme may be undertaken concurrently or consecutively with the Travel Safely by Boat Initial or Further Training programmes or at any time during the validity period of the current Travel Safely by Boat initial/further certificate.

Note: Some individual companies require re-validation at intervals more frequent than that required by OPITO; in these instances it will be acceptable for training providers to omit or modify the expiry date to avoid confusion. However the validity period will remain as set by OPITO with regard to the central register and the industry as a whole.

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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