Instructions for Participants in Survival Training

Welcome to Meriturva's training. Please read these instructions before your course.

Training location

Meriturva's Survival training Unit is located in Lohja. Driving directions are on our website at


The training includes swimming, climbing and other physical stress. If you are in normal condition, you will pass the training. The course participants are expected to estimate their physical condition and health and fill in a confidential health information form before the course. Participants must be healthy and may not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. More info about course program and its demands please contact the coordinator.

If you are unsure, whether your health is sufficient for participating, or if you suspect you are pregnant, please consult your doctor before the course. In the end it is the instructor, who will judge whether a person is fit to participate in the course.


Meriturva provides course participants with cotton overalls, sneakers, life vests, helmets and towels. Course participants should take their own swimming trousers or extra set of under-wear (a long sleeved set of synthetic fibre is recommended) and socks. Please note that this set gets wet in the training.

In Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) it is possible to use Meriturva's wet suits, but we recommend use your own. Also in HUET training we recommend warm, long sleeved set of underwear of synthetic fibre.

In rescue boat training Meriturva provides the necessary protective clothing. Please make sure to have sufficient clothing to wear under the protective clothing in the cold season.

It is possible to use and test your own equipment in the training with instructor's permission. Be sure that your equipment is clean to keep the water also clean. Meriturva does not answer for any damage to participants own equipment.

In GWO training Meriturva provides you with the necessary training clothing, protective and fall protection equipment, as well as dry suits and life jackets used in water exercises. The participant must take care of the underwear or swimwear worn under the training clothes. GWO training also includes the possibility to use personal protective and fall protection equipment as well as dry suits and life jackets.

Before the course, please remove all jewellery or other objects that can stick to equipment or fall off. We recommend that participants would not take valuables to Meriturva. Using your phone or camera is possible at your own risk and with instructor's permission.

Dining and accommodation

Course participants can dine in Meriturva's restaurant Merituuli. If you have any special diet or allergy, please inform us min. three days beforehand. Accommodation is available at our course hotel, more information on the Accommodation page.


Smoking is prohibited expect at one separated and signed area outside. It is of utmost importance always to follow staff's instructions at Meriturva's premises. Visitors are responsible for any damage they may cause to Meriturva or other visitors. If you notice any defects or deficiencies please report them to Meriturva personnel immediately. In case of fire alarm everybody gets outside the main building.

Insurance cover

Any accidents that occur during training at Meriturva are indemnified in accordance with the legal act on accidents during studies (1318/2002) as an accident at work, as stipulated in the Employment Accidents Act (608/48). The government does not have an insurance obligation under this act, but compensation must be paid from government funds for any occupational accidents during work performed for the government as described in the act.

According to the act on accidents during studies (1318/2002), compensation is paid for any accident that takes place during studies in circumstances comparable to work (when the case does not involve an occurrence during employment that is indemnified in accordance with the Employment Accidents Act). Compensation is paid for those in training referred to in the act, and it requires that the accident have taken place in circumstances that are characteristic of studying when the person was taking part in practical teaching that is comparable to work in line with a curriculum or as the basis for a degree. However, studies that are part of general education or based on a hobby are not subject to such compensation, with the exception of years 7-9 in primary education and upper secondary education.

We recommend that those, who are not covered by their employer's or institution's insurance policy, will take an accident insurance of their own.


The course fee is paid online upon registration. Meriturva's contract customers can also pay by invoice. The invoice will be sent to the given billing address after the course.


All cancellations must be made no later than two weeks before the course begins. For any cancellation performed at a later date, we will charge 50% of the price of the course. If a person who has registered for a course does not show up and has not cancelled the reservation, we will charge the full price of the course. Cancellations must be made by email to By cancellation of a prepaid course a cancellation fee of 25 € will be withheld.

Enquiries: Elli Haanpää, Coordinator.