Going Offshore? Check Out These Tips Before You Do

9 May 2023

Congratulations – you worked hard to secure all the required certificates, completed all those demanding courses and managed to land an opportunity that best suits your skills and background.
Now, the only thing that you need to do is to fly to the vessel/installation and carry out your tasks – but are you sure you are ready for the trip?

We know how going Offshore can be an intimidating experience - for industry veterans as well as for those that will commence their offshore career for the first time. That is why we wanted to provide some tips we believe will come handy to prepare yourself for what is to come, as even if there is no need to worry, there are things you can do to ensure your offshore experience can go as smoothly as it can.

Without further ado, here are our top 7 tips that will turn a voyage into uncharted territory into a smooth trip.


7 Tips for Anyone Embarking on an Offshore Journey

From double checking position and vessel/installation specific safety measures to ensuring you have the right means and devices to contact your loved ones, here are our top 7 tips that will give you a head start!

  1. Get plenty of rest before your trip: At this stage, you can imagine that offshore work can be physically and mentally demanding. Getting plenty of rest and arranging your sleep schedule before your trip will help you stay alert and focused during your workdays while allowing you to better familiarize yourself with your fellow Professionals and work environment. 
  2. Pack for the environment: Offshore environments can be a bit harsher when it comes to the weather. Make sure you bring appropriate clothing and work-gear for the conditions you'll be working in, including the correct PPE for the tasks you will be conducting.
  3. Double check the safety protocols: At Atlas Professionals, we consider safety as a top priority in everything we do. Familiarize yourself with the safety protocols and procedures that are specific to your vessel/installation and position before your trip and be sure to ask questions if anything is unclear, especially any abbreviations or industry-specific terms you might come across. Remember – your colleagues too knew nothing before they learned something.
  4. Stay organized – and carry some cash: Offshore work often involves long days and complex tasks. Stay organized by creating a checklist of your daily tasks, keeping your work area tidy, and tracking your progress throughout the day. Also, it’s always handy to have some cash readily available as most platforms will have vending machines and other means that might not accept cards or credit.
  5. Stay connected: Just like onshore life, communication is key in offshore environments as well – especially if you have loved ones back at the shore. Make sure you have a reliable way to communicate with your friends and family when it is suitable to do so, whether it's through internet, phone, or other means.
  6. Be prepared for downtime: Offshore work can involve long periods of downtime between tasks. Bring activities to keep yourself occupied during these periods, such as books, puzzles, or movies!
  7. Be a team player: Offshore work is often done in close quarters with other team members. Don’t forget to be a good team player by communicating effectively, offering help when needed, and being respectful of others' space and privacy. Practicing your English and other language proficiency can also go a long way during your tours.


Remember, offshore work can be demanding, but with the right mindset, preparation, and a positive attitude, you can succeed and thrive in this exciting industry. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or are experiencing issues with your trip – we are here to ensure your time spent offshore can end the way it commenced, with Zero Harm to your wellbeing!

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