FREE – Ongoing Coxswain Competence

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From Monday 2nd August 2021, SAFER Training will provide FREE access to our desktop unit to delegates that have completed coxswain training with us at SAFER and hold an in date OPITO Coxswain Certificate issued by SAFER Training.

Desktop Lifeboat Simulator

Why? – Providing access to our desktop unit will allow our delegates the opportunity to practice and maintain their skills in between formal assessment, it allows delegates to reduce chances of skills fade and provides an opportunity to undertake different scenarios that may be encountered in a real emergency, low visibility, night time launches, variable sea state and more.

Currently candidates undertake formal coxswains assessment every two years, along with offshore drills and familiarisation.  Opening up access to our desktop unit can support our delegates and operators to demonstrate that they are maintaining their ongoing competence and also a state of readiness in the event of an emergency. You no longer have to wait 2 years to practice your skills again!

Naturally there will be some questions, we have tried to answer a few here……….

Is accessing the Ongoing Coxswain Competence OPITO approved?

No. Accessing the Ongoing Coxswain Competence is purely to maintain your skills and knowledge as a coxswain and provides an opportunity to undertake various scenarios including variable sea state, night time launches and more.

How long is each session for?

We will allocate access to the desktop units for up to 1.5 hours per session.

How do I book access to the desktop unit?

Access to the Ongoing Coxswain Competence can be booked at *this will be availbe to book from 21/07/2021

Will there be a record for my attendance?

SAFER Training are happy to record your attendance for Ongoing Coxswain Competence, this is not shared with any third parties.

Do I have to attend the Ongoing Coxswain Competence?

No, access is provided as an added value service and an excellent way to maintain your skills and knowledge as an offshore coxswain.

Can I access the Ongoing Coxswain Competence if my certificate was issued by another training provider?

For delegates that hold an in date coxswain certificate that was issued by SAFER Training, access to the desktop units is completely free of charge.

If your certificate was issued by another training provider, then please email to discuss your requirements and one of our team will revert with access costs.

I want to complete my Coxswain Further Training (Twinfall / Freefall) at SAFER Training, how can I arrange this?

Training can be booked via, or by email to As this is a ‘Further’ course, there are pre-requisites, these are detailed on the SAFER website.  Access to the Ongoing Coxswain Competence desktop unit will be on a booking system.

My company Organise My Training ?

We work with most operators and also TMS providers.  Speak to your HR / training department and ask for SAFER Training as your coxswain training provider.  We deliver training / assessment every day so we should be able to meet your needs.

Are there any hidden costs?

No. You can even have a tea / coffee as well!

I am an operator, can I purchase a desktop unit to use offshore for our Coxswains?

Yes, email to to discuss your requirements we will be more than happy to assist you.

I am an operator, I want to know more about lifeboat simulators?

That’s fine, drop us an email to and we can arrange a client visit to review the facilities / equipment or have a chat with one of our team.  All of our courses / simulators are approved by multiple Organisations (OPITO / STCW / DNV / Various Coastguards).

Where is SAFER Training Coxswain Courses delivered?

Our courses are delivered at our dedicated facility in Aberdeen:

SAFER Training (Scotland) Ltd, Units 20 / 22 Robert Leonard Centre, Howe Moss Drive, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 0GG.  We are 2 minutes from Aberdeen Airport, and all major hotels.

What if I have a question that is not outlined above?

Drop us an email on and we will help.