What is it Like Working Offshore?
Working offshore is quite an adventure!  You may see breaching whales, "water spout" tornadoes, and sunset/rises unlike any other.  Getting out onto the sea, you will learn more than you could from any marine mammal or sea turtle textbook because you will be one of the lucky few to see the animals firsthand in their natural environment.  PSO work also involves self-discipline and patience.  PSOs are away from home for long periods of time, and must be able to stand watch for long periods of time without seeing any animals. 

What Else Might I Need Before I Can Work as a PSO?
It will depend on the requirements for where you will be monitoring, however, you will likely need the following for working offshore. This list may not be comprehensive, depending on any project-specific requirements which may be in place.

​• OPITO-approved Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET), should include HUET
• An offshore medical accepted by the client – often OGUK or Norwegian medical
• Recent negative drug test
• TWIC Card 
• Safety apparel such as hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toed boots
• Some regions/industries require a college degree in the natural sciences which included 30 hours in the biological sciences and a course in statistics or math.

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