FAQ

  • To view our most asked questions please click on the questions below to view the answers.

    What Identification is required to be submitted prior to start of course?

    A valid Government Identification is required and must be presented for registration and to the instructor on the first day of course commencement. (Driver’s License, Passport, Vantage card). Trainees are expected to be in a good state of health and physically capable of fully taking part in all program activities. Trainees are expected to participate in all physical training requirements. A valid Medical Certificate is required to be submitted prior to start of course.

    For more information on Medical Fitness  – Click here Medical Requirements

    Where are you located?

    We are located at 40 Mount Hope Avenue, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For specific directions please see map:

    How do I register for a program?

    To register for courses, please contact our Registrar:

    Heather Conrad
    Tel.: 1.902.465.3888 x 103
    Direct: 1.902.405.8341
    Toll Free: 1.800.788.3888
    Fax: 1.902.466.2929
    Email: heatherc@sstl.com

    What accommodations are available?

    Within a short drive from our facility, there are the following hotels/motels:

    • Holiday Inn, Dartmouth (1-888-434-0440) – Downtown
    • Future Inn, Dartmouth (1-800-565-0700) – Burnside Industrial Park
    • Park Place Ramada Renaissance Hotel (902) 468-8888 – Burnside Industrial Park
    • Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites (902) 463-9520 – Downtown
    What is your cancellation policy?

    Survival Systems requires three (3) WORKING days notice for any cancellation. SSTL’s cancellation policy will apply to any trainee or company representative who fails to provide 3 business days notice. For further information, please contact reception:

    Reception :
    Tel.: 1.902.465.3888 x 100
    Toll Free: 1.800.788.3888
    Fax: 1.902.466.2929
    Email: reception@sstl.com

    What is the policy on drugs & alcohol?

    NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS may be consumed during scheduled course time (including lunch breaks). Trainees abusing this policy will be removed from their program and charged the full course fee.

    Is parking available on site?

    Free vehicle parking is available at our facility. Transportation from Survival Systems to the various training sites will be provided.

    Is food service available on site?

    Trainees are responsible for obtaining their own lunch between the hours of 12:00 and 1:00. SSTL offers a lunchroom equipped with vending machines, refrigerator, microwave, and toaster. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water are available free of charge. Within a short walking distance, trainees have the option of Subway, A&W, Pilots Pub, Tim Hortons, Cheese Curds, Habaneros and Sobeys.

    What time are the classes conducted?

    Classes are conducted from 0800 to 1700. Trainees who are absent for any duration of a course must complete all sections before they can receive certification.

    How do I get a new certificate or ID card if I have lost or misplaced mine?

    New or faxed copies of certificates and ID cards can be issued at a cost of $20.00 per item.

    How long do I have in which to renew my certification?

    Certain certifications at SSTL can be renewed by taking a refresher course.

    Certifications MUST be renewed BEFORE the expiry date.

    Individuals who fail to renew their certification by this time must submit a letter of acceptance to Survival Systems Training outlining:

    • the date of expiry
    • why he/she was unable to complete the refresher in the required timeframe (valid reason)
    • state the next scheduled refresher course date he/she can attend (should be the next available course scheduled).

    Please note this letter must be approved by SSTL before he/she can be registered for a refresher course. If the letter is approved, he/she has to attend the dates requested in the letter for the refresher and if for any reason he/she cannot attend, the initial full course would have to be retaken.

    Letters of acceptance can be forwarded to our Registrar:

    Heather Conrad
    Tel.: 1.902.465.3888 x 103
    Direct: 1.902.405.8341
    Toll Free: 1.800.788.3888
    Fax: 1.902.466.2929
    Email: heatherc@sstl.com

    What accommodations are available?

    Within a short drive from our facility, there are the following hotels/motels:

    • Holiday Inn, Dartmouth (1-888-434-0440) – Downtown
    • Future Inn, Dartmouth (1-800-565-0700) – Burnside Industrial Park
    • Park Place Ramada Renaissance Hotel (902) 468-8888 – Burnside Industrial Park
    • Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites (902) 463-9520 – Downtown

    What is your cancellation policy?

    Survival Systems requires three (3) WORKING days notice for any cancellation. SSTL’s cancellation policy will apply to any trainee or company representative who fails to provide 3 business days notice. For further information, please contact reception:

    Reception :
    Tel.: 1.902.465.3888 x 100
    Toll Free: 1.800.788.3888
    Fax: 1.902.466.2929
    Email: reception@sstl.com

  • Still Need Help?

    Registrar Contact


    Heather Conrad
    Tel.: 1.902.465.3888 x 103
    Direct: 1.902.405.8341
    Toll Free: 1.800.788.3888
    Fax: 1.902.466.2929
    Email: heatherc@sstl.com

    Contact our Reception :


    Reception :
    Tel.: 1.902.465.3888 x 100
    Toll Free: 1.800.788.3888
    Fax: 1.902.466.2929
    Email: reception@sstl.com


Knowledge Base

01. How do I register for a program?

To register for courses, please contact our Registrar:

Heather Conrad
Tel.: 1.902.465.3888 x 103
Direct: 1.902.405.8341
Toll Free: 1.800.788.3888
Fax: 1.902.466.2929
Email: heatherc@sstl.com

02. What are the terms of payment?

Survival Systems Training Ltd. accepts the following methods of payment :

  • Credit card
  • Money order
  • Certified cheque (personal cheques are not accepted)
  • Bank draft
  • Debit

Companies with an established credit history with Survival Systems may arrange payment on approved credit. All payments are required in full on the first day of training.

03. I have already taken an OPITO/OLF program. Is this training acceptable when working offshore in Canada?

Basic Survival Training – Recurrent (BST-R)

Recognized Certificates

  • Basic Survival Training (BST) Certificate issued by the Marine Institute, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Basic Survival Training (BST) Certificate issued by Survival Systems Ltd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Basic Offshore Safety induction and Emergency Training and European Module Certificate issued by OPITO-approved provider issued prior to November 1, 2007 or with a certificate issued after this date plus completion of the BST-R
  • Basic Safety and Emergency Preparedness Training and Helicopter Evacuation Certificate issued by OLF-approved provider in Norway

Note: Certificates issued for the successful completion of the OPITO and OLF-approved courses will be considered valid for a period of three (3) years from date of issue.

Basic Survival Training – Recurrent (BST-R)

Recognized Certificates

  • Basic Survival Training (Recurrent) (BST-R) Certificate issued by the Marine Institute, St. John’s, Newfoundland and
  • Labrador
  • Basic Survival Training (Recurrent) (BST-R) issued by Survival Systems Ltd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Note: For personnel entering the jurisdiction for the first time, an OLF approved survival refresher course with proof of having completed a HUET module will be accepted or an OPITO survival refresher course plus a European upgrade module will be accepted if issued prior to November 1, 2007. A certificate from an OPITO-approved training provider issued after November 1, 2007 will be accepted on completion of the BST-R.