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International SAR Course

4-day course that gives course participants an introduction to Maritime Search and Rescue and trains the functions and tasks of an OSC (On-Scene Coordinator) in specific.

The course is based on the content of the 1974 IAMSAR Manual Vol. III and consists of both theoretical and simulator exercises.

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Aboa Mare Maritime Academy Training Center. Turku, Finland

Training method

Classroom lectures, leadership exercises with full mission simulators, feedback discussions.

Upon completing this training,
the participant will

  • understand the current guidelines set in the IAMSAR Manual Vol. III (OSC)
  • know how to undertake the duties and responsibilities as an OSC and be able to lead as OSC within typical SAR-missions
  • be able to organize and lead constructive debriefing discussions
  • understand what teamwork skills are needed as a team leader or participant during SAR operations
  • Good knowledge of SAR operations in an international setting
  • Gbility to handle complex SAR operations
  • Get a good overview of SAR operations
  • Fluent co-operation with the various stakeholders in SAR operations
  • Training in SAR (Search and Rescue) operations has been developed in collaboration between Aboa Mare and the Finnish Coast Guard for several decades
  • The SAR training uses the extensive simulator equipment available at Aboa Mare, consisting of 10 full mission simulator bridges
  • Aboa Mare works in close collaboration with the VTS and MRCC located in the same building as Aboa Mare in Turku, Finland
  • Cutting edge simulator technology and top-notch instructors provide you with the best training experience available
Course code
Course titleInternational SAR
Student profileThe course is intended for Captains, Senior Officers and Watchkeeping Officers
Course languageEnglish
PrerequisitesMinimum STCW II/1 requirements for officers in charge of a navigational watch. Good knowledge in Maritime English
Training personnelExperienced master mariners with good knowledge of SAR operations and extensive simulator instructor experience
Training methodClassroom lectures, leadership exercises with full mission simulators, feedback discussions
Course complianceInternational Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979 and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974; IAMSAR Manual Vol. III
EquipmentFull mission bridge simulator
AssessmentKnowledge, competences and skills are assessed through hands-on training
CertificationEach participant that has completed the course successfully will be issued a certificate
Duration4 days - 36 hours
Individual courseNo
Max/Min participants9 / 3
VenueAboa Mare Training Center, Turku, Finland
Flag approvalNo
Course recognition by flag stateNo
Other approvalsNo

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