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Offshore training facilities

Offshore training at the pierheadWe offer a number of OPITO-approved emergency response training courses through facilities situated on or close to the campus. Outside the classroom learning environment, there are facilities that support the practical elements of these courses.

Situated on the lower site is the fire fighting school with fire fighting units for practising first aid fire fighting and self-rescue techniques from smoke filled compartments.

Located on the River Hamble, the pier head has a steel platform which houses two totally enclosed motor propelled survival craft (TEMPSC) placed on outrigger davits, as found in the offshore environment. This facility allows students to undertake an introduction to these survival craft and participate in operations on the river. Also situated on the platform is a Viking SES escape chute which enables specific equipment training, enabling students to satisfy OPITO and other North Sea offshore sectors' regulations for this type of escape equipment.

We also use an off-site associate pool facility which supports the survival wet drills involving in-water exercises and use of liferafts. Also located at the pool is a helicopter underwater escape trainer (HUET) used for the various training requirements in helicopter safety and escape.

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