Courses are approved to STCW 95 standards where appropriate, and certification carries an approval notation.

Duration: 5 days
Basic Safety Training course as approved under STCW95. This course can be taken as a full 5 day package or as individual modules to suit your needs. The course is delivered through a mixed mode of theory and practically based exercises.

Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (STCW 95 A-VI/1-4)

This 1 day course gives basic induction training in safety procedures, accident prevention and familiarises new seafarers with employment and working conditions aboard a ship.

You will develop knowledge, understanding and practical competence where appropriate in:

Complying with emergency procedures
Take precautions to prevent pollution of the marine environment
Observe safe working practices
Understand orders and be understood in relation to shipboard duties
Contribute to effective human relationships on board ship
Types of emergency which may occur, contingency plans for responses to emergencies
Action to take on discovering a potential emergency
Emergency signals, actions and specific duties allocated to crew members in the muster list
Muster stations; correct use of personal safety equipment
Value of training and drills
Knowledge of escape routes and internal communication and alarm systems
Effect of operational or accidental pollution of the marine environment
Basic environmental protection procedures
Importance of adhering to safe working practices at all times
Safety and protective devices available to protect against potential hazards aboard ship
Precautions to be taken prior to entering enclosed spaces
Familiarisation with international measures concerning accident prevention and occupational health
Importance of maintaining good human working relationships aboard ship
Social responsibilities, employment conditions, individual rights and obligations
Dangers of drug and alcohol abuse

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW 95 A-VI/1-2)

This 2½ day course covers the precautions to be taken to minimise the risk of fire on board a ship, the causes of fires and the first means of extinguishing them. Includes theory and training in the practical use of fire extinguishers, hoses and other fire fighting equipment. It also covers the use of breathing apparatus for fire fighting and rescue purposes. Live fire training is undertaken.

You will develop knowledge, understanding and practical competence where appropriate in:

Minimising the risk of fire and maintaining a state of readiness to respond to emergency situations involving fire
Fighting and extinguishing a fire
Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency in:
Shipboard fire-fighting organisation
Location of fire-fighting appliances and emergency escape routes
The elements of fire and explosion (the fire triangle)
Types and sources of ignition
Flammable material, fire hazards and spread of fire
The need for constant vigilance
Fire and smoke detection and automatic alarm systems
Classification of fire and applicable extinguishing agents
Demonstrating Practical Competence in:

Use of various types of portable fire extinguishers
Use of self-contained breathing apparatus
Extinguish smaller fires, e.g. electrical fires, oil fires, propane fires
Extinguish extensive fires with water, using jet spray and spray nozzles
Extinguish fires with foam, powder or any other suitable chemical agent
Fight fire in smoke-filled enclosed spaces wearing self-contained breathing apparatus
Effect rescue in a smoke-filled space wearing breathing apparatus

Elementary First Aid (STCW 95 A-VI/1-2)

This 1 day course is a mixture of theory and practical sessions covering basic first aid and Basic Life Support skills. You will develop knowledge, understanding and practical competence where appropriate in:

Taking immediate action upon encountering an accident or other medical emergency
Assess the needs of the casualty and threats to own safety
Adult basic life support and resuscitation techniques
Positioning of casualty
Major bleeding; control of bleeding; applying wound dressing; internal bleeding
Crush injuries
Shock Management
Burns & scolds in electric current
Basic first aid treatment for other medical conditions
Rescue and transport of a casualty
Improvise bandages and use materials in emergency kit
Personal Survival Techniques (STCW 95 A-VI/1-1)

This 1 day course covers both theoretical and practical elements and teaches the actions to be taken by individuals to protect themselves in the event of ship abandonment and emergency situations. It includes a practical swimming pool session with immersion suits, life jackets and inflatable life raft drills.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of:

Types of emergency situations which may occur, such as collision, fire, foundering
Types of life-saving appliances normally carried on ships
Equipment in survival craft
Location of personal life-saving appliances
Principles concerning survival
Raft first aid, hypothermia and cold water shock
Operate survival craft equipment
Operate location devices, including radio equipment

Practical competence in:

Don and use an immersion suit
Safely jump from a height into the water
Right an inverted life raft while wearing a life jacket
Swim while wearing a life jacket
Keeping afloat without a life jacket
Board a liferaft from ship and water while wearing a life jacket
Take initial actions on boarding survival craft to enhance chance of survival
Stream a drogue or sea anchor


This course contains some physical exercises including jumping from a height into the water (swimming pool) which some may find demanding. Any candidate unsure of their fitness or suitability for such activities should consult their doctor. Merchant Navy personnel (which includes pre-Merchant Navy Students) must hold a valid ENG1 Medical Certificate.

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