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OSC - On Scene Coordinator Course


Duration: 35 hours

The purpose of this on-scene-coordinator (OSC) course is to educate and train maritime personnel in the role as on-scene-coordinator in search and rescue (SAR) operations at sea. After completion of this course, students will be able to understand and follow advice given by the search and rescue (SAR) mission coordinators at a maritime rescue coordination center, coordinate SAR-operations on-scene including the contributions of other search and rescue units, and conduct assistance to persons and vessels in distress.

The course is especially relevant for merchant- and cruise vessels, navy and coast guard officers, and other key personnel taking part in SAR-operations at sea.


The course is conducted in accordance with the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual (IAMSAR) Volume III, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Model Course “SAR IN-SCENE COORDINATOR”.  The participants should have practical experience at management level.

Course contents

  • International and national legal regulations
  • Responsibilities and tasks
  • Organization and managerial roles in SAR- operations
  • OSC duties
  • The role of the Air Coordinator (ACO)
  • Bridge resource management and team work
  • Search and rescue units (SRU)  coordination
  • Search areas and search patterns
  • Communication
  • Challenges and limitations in different sea areas
  • Table-top and simulator exercises



  • The IAMSAR-guidelines
  • The MARPART reports on maritime preparedness systems in Arctic countries
  • The Norwegian maritime preparedness system
  • Course compendium

The training will take place in advanced tactical simulators including decision support tools for SAR operations at NORDLAB, Nord university and Bodø Maritime.

For more information: www.nord.no/en/nordlab