GWO Initial Package


Course Code: OE1EC335


Fleetwood Offshore Survival Centre

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Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
29/04/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus1 Week/ £1,100Enquire  
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03/06/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus1 Week/ £1,100Enquire  
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02/09/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus1 Week/ £1,190Enquire  

Course Overview

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This course provides you with a combined training package covering all five GWO elements of basic safety training for the wind turbine industry/WTG environment, as detailed below, in accordance with GWO standards.

The course is structured as follows:

Working at Height - Monday and Tuesday

Manual Handling - Wednesday am

Fire Awareness – Wednesday pm

Sea Survival - Thursday

First Aid - Friday

Validity of certificate

This certificate is valid for 2 years from date of issue.

Entry Requirements

Participants are required to register for free as a participant on the GWO WINDA database prior to arriving on any GWO course.

Log on to and click on participant registration, completing all fields, then bring your WINDA ID to all booked training courses.

Parts of the course are of a physical nature. All participants will be required to climb a 16mtr vertical ladder.

Employing companies should ensure participants are medically fit to attend training.

You will be required to complete a medical declaration when you attend your course.

Career Options and Progression

Not applicable.

Assessment Methods

Detailed below is a brief outline of the content of each section of the course:

GWO Working at Height

  • GWO Working at Height and Rescue Training 
  • Relevant legislation for WAH     
  • Equipment selection and inspection
  • Safe systems of work, permits and emergency procedures
  • Self-rescue and evacuation        

GWO First Aid 

On completion, successful participants should be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the importance to carry out First Aid in a safe and sound manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location and according to ERC and AHA guidelines
  • identify and explain normal function, normal signs, functions and symptoms of serious and minor injuries and illness related to the human body
  • demonstrate understanding and correct order of management in an emergency situation in a WTG environment
  • demonstrate correct use of lifesaving first aid using the primary survey A-B-C
  • demonstrate correct use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED)
  • demonstrate correct use of ordinary First Aid, the secondary survey
  • demonstrate correct use of first aid equipment in a first aid scenario

GWO Manual Handling 

On completion successful participants should be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the importance of carrying out work duties in a safe and sound manner in accordance with the legislative requirements of their geographic location
  • identify aspects of their job tasks that could increase a worker’s risk of developing muscular / skeletal injuries
  • demonstrate understanding of safe practices for manual handling including the correct handling of equipment
  • identify signs and symptoms of injuries related to poor manual handling techniques and have knowledge of reporting methods
  • demonstrate a problem solving approach to manual handling in a wind turbine environment
  • demonstrate manual handling risk reduction techniques

GWO Fire Awareness 

On completion successful participants should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the development and spread of fire
  • demonstrate knowledge of the causes of fires in wind turbines and the dangers related to this
  • identify any sign of a fire in a wind turbine environment
  • demonstrate knowledge of the contingency plans in a wind turbine environment including smoke detection and emergency escape procedures
  • demonstrate correct actions on discovering a fire including correct operation and fire extinguishing by means of the fire-fighting equipment in a WTG

GWO Sea Survival and Vessel Transit and Transfer

  • Introduction to course and assessment procedures                                   
  • Organisation for safety
  • Responsibilities during offshore operations in the offshore wind industry   
  • Working safely offshore
  • Law and enforcement                                                                      
  • Industry overview and facility overview
  • Offshore operations and emergencies                                                        
  • Environment and offshore hazards
  • Transit to and from a tower                                                                         
  • Facility emergencies
  • Practical tower transfer                                                                   
  • First aid
  • Vessel abandonment 
  • Sea survival theory and practical

Teaching and Learning Methods

This course is a blend of classroom based theory sessions and practical training. 

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Not applicable.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

The usual dress code for classroom training is smart/casual.  Protective equipment will be provided by the college for certain aspects of practical training.  However, you will be required to bring:

  • Personal wash kit
  • Swim wear and towel
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Suitable gloves for ladder climbing

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: N/A

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