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OPITO Initial Emergency Response Training Requirements for ERRV Crew Daughter Craft (DC) Coxswains

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Emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) play a significant role in responding to emergencies offshore with their attendant Fast Rescue Crafts (FRC) and Daughter Crafts (DC). This program is designed to meet the initial emergency response training requirements for an ERRV Daughter Craft Coxswain. Further vessel specific training is required.

The aim and objectives of the ERRV Crew Daughter Craft Coxswain (DCC) Training program are to equip the delegate with the initial knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform the role of ERRV Crew Daughter Craft Coxswain (DCC).


OPITO approved ERRV Crew DC coxswains are continuously trained and assessed based on the OPITO approved Ongoing Onboard Development and Training Program for ERRV Masters and Crew (OODTP).

  • Duration: Approx. 40 hours (5 days)
  • Validity: Continuous training and assessment required through Ongoing Onboard Development and Training Program for ERRV Masters and Crew Standard (OODTP). A formal assessment is made through the OODTP program at least every 3 years.
  • Pre-requisites: Attendance on this training course is open to delegates who - are in possession of a valid FRC Coxswain Certificate and 3 months sea time as an FRC Coxswain (some experience piloting a daughter craft prior to taking the DCC course would also be beneficial) AND have successfully completed a mandatory Pre-Course Learning Program that includes chartwork, position finding devices, collision regulations and buoyage.

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  OPITO DC Coxwain Training and Competence Progression. Credits: OPITO

ERRV Crew DC Coxswain Training




Daughter Craft Operations Under Normal and Emergency Conditions

The Role and Responsibilities of a Daughter Craft Coxswain (DCC)

  • The features, functions and roles of the ERRV DC
  • The role and responsibilities of a daughter craft coxswain during normal ERRV operations and emergency response
  • The hazards of whole-body vibration and the coxswain’s role in minimizing the risk of injury

Preparing a Daughter Craft (DC)

  • Pre-launch checks
  • Establishing operational data including weather conditions
  • Determining the course
  • Establishing communications
  • Directing the crew
  • Confirming the daughter craft is ready to launch

Deploying and Maneuvering the Daughter Craft

  • Starting engines
  • Directing crew
  • Basic radio procedures and protocols.
  • Deploying the daughter craft
  • Maneuvering the daughter craft

Recovering and Transferring a Casualty

  • Responding to alarms
  • Using position finding devices for search and rescue
  • Recovery of casualties
  • The transferring of casualties to a place of safety

Safe Navigation of the Daughter Craft (DC)

  • Practical application of basic navigation skills to include chartwork, waypoints and bearings
  • Basic use of position finding devices
  • Basic use of radar
  • Responding to operational requirements and utilizing navigational techniques

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check with OPITO for the latest and accurate information on training standards

Last Updated: March 22, 2021