As a precursor to simulation transfer studies, this research assessed the level of competence in basic offshore safety gained through a virtual environment training program and investigated the training time required to reach competence. The experiment demonstrated that the offshore egress learning objectives can be taught using the All-hands Virtual Emergency Response Trainer (AVERT) training program with some limitations. The two main findings were: 1. due to individual differences in spatial learning, some individuals required more exposure to the virtual setting to ensure knowledge retention; and 2. the procedural learning objectives required reinforcement during training scenarios to ensure knowledge acquisition. Overall, this research recommends modifications to the training and technology design in order to prepare for future transfer studies and offshore applications.

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