STCW – The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification & Watch Keeping for Seafarers
This convention defines the training necessary for all persons employed at sea. Starting out requires the satisfactory completion of Basic Safety Training courses which is a compulsory requirement for all aspiring crew members. You must be able to assist members of your team if and when the need arises.
The STCW training classes include the following elements:
- Personal Survival Techniques
- Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
- Elementary First Aid
- Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
*Security Awareness with Designated Duties is also required to work on most yachts. We recommend that you complete this course in addition to the Basic STCW. The Security Awareness with Designated Duties course is a 1 day course and is either held on the Saturday of the STCW week or over 2 evenings during the course.
The courses are presented Bi-monthly over a period of 6 days usually commencing on a Monday and finishing on Saturday.
- 16 Students (max)
Elementary First-Aid Training
One day First Aid and CPR which is instructed in compliance with STCW Code A-VI/1-3 and consists of approximately seven hours of theory and practical covering basic First Aid and CPR in marine situations. The course is followed by a written exam.
Basic Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
Two day fire prevention and fire fighting module which is instructed in compliance with STCW Code A – VI/1-2 including shipboard fire fighting organization, the elements of fire and explosion, types of ignition, fire and smoke detection, breathing apparatus use and automatic alarm system familiarization. Trainees will fight and extinguish actual fires using personal equipment, practical instruction taught by licensed and certified fire fighting professionals.
Personal Survival Techniques
One and a half day personal survival course module, also known as Basic Sea Survival, which is instructed in compliance to STCW Code A – VI/1-1 and consists of a day in the classroom covering subjects such as emergency situations, evacuation, survival craft and rescue boats, personal lifesaving appliances, survival at sea, emergency radio equipment and helicopter assistance. The theory part is followed by a written exam. The remainder of the course is spent in a swimming pool performing the simulation of abandon ship procedures. The practical exercises are subject to ongoing assessment by the instructor.
PSSR – Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
This is a one day course which is instructed to STCW Code A – VI/1-4 as revised by the 2010 Manila Amendment. The course covers working relationships on board, health and hygiene, drugs and alcohol, shipboard management structure and responsibilities, emergencies and safe working practices, with enhanced coverage of communications, control of fatigue, teamwork and marine environmental awareness issues. The course is followed by a written exam.
Proficiency in Maritime Security Awareness with Designated Duties
A full day module which is instructed in compliance with STCW Reg V1/6 and Part A of Section A-VI/6 paragraph 4 and consists of a 8 hour day in the classroom covering subjects such as maritime security key threats, recognition and awareness of threats, plans and procedures for combatting threats, drills, communications and reporting.