The Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) undertakes training and research to improve marine safety standards. Instruction and practical training for client groups are provided at a purpose-built training Centre located in Foxtrap, approximately 30 km from St. John’s and the Holyrood Marine Base.


Staffed by qualified Transport Canada approved faculty, training in safety, survival and Emergency response is provided through laboratory demonstrations, classroom instruction and practical hands-on simulated emergency exercises. The OSSC is actively involved in research aimed at improvements to marine and offshore safety.


Training courses offered by the OSSC are accredited by Transport Canada; Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB); Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB); Petroleum Industry Training Service; National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and St. John Ambulance.


The facilities of the OSSC are world class and include a survival tank equipped with an environmental simulation system; a helicopter underwater escape trainer (HUET); a large environmentally safe fire field outfitted with marine and offshore fire training simulators; a range of lifeboat/rescue capsules, fast rescue craft and sea going vessels.


The OSSC offers over 75 different courses to individuals and industry clients on a regular basis throughout the year. In addition, the OSSC has the capability to customize courses in its areas of specialty to meet specific client needs.




The Safety and Emergency Response Training (SERT) Centre is located in Stephenville on the west coast of Newfoundland. It was established to respond to the need in Atlantic Canada for a facility to train air crash firefighters and it was enhanced to include the municipal fire-fighting training program. The SERT Centre offers training courses in aviation, marine and industrial safety, and emergency response, in order to service the training needs of industries and individuals in Atlantic Canada.


Programs currently offered by Ocean Safety