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STCW Basic Safety Training

Our STCW Training Courses are run accordance with the STCW 2010 Manila amendments and became mandatory for all seafarers in 2014.

STCW Update Training

STCW Updating Training is set out in the 2010 Manila Amendments requiring for all seafarers to conduct 5 yearly updates on their STCW mandatory safety training.

Advanced Fire Fighting Training

The STCW Advanced Fire Fighting Course forms part of the training required for deck and engineering officers who wish to qualify for a certificate of competency.

Survival Craft and Rescue Boats

The Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats course prepares crew should they face a rescue situation or having to abandon ship.

About Us

South West Maritime Academy is a leading provider of high quality training across maritime, security, fire & medical disciplines.

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100% of all participants passed in 2016

98% of all participants rated our instructors as Excellent

99% of all participants would recommend our training

100% of all participants would recommend our facilities

The UK’s Leading Maritime and Training Specialists

Including STCW 95/2010 Basic & Advanced Training

We’re industry leaders in maritime safety training courses, offering a wide range of maritime courses including the mandatory STCW Basic Safety Training – essential for all seafaring personnel.

Over recent years we’ve helped many newcomers to the industry, along with competent professionals enhance their careers with the essential training they need to do their jobs effectively.

We offer real hands-on training for all candidates at our quarry in Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, ensuring that you are not trained with just theory – actual real-life experience is essential.

When you train with us, you can rest assured that you are learning with the top maritime academy in the UK – with several well qualified instructors with years of experience.

Our pass rates are fantastic – in 2016 alone, we had a 100% success rate through all candidates with 100% of participants at the South West Maritime Academy willing to recommend our facilities.

Don’t just take our word for it – we are accredited by several examination boards – Edexcel, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Pearson and RYA.

STCW 95 Basic Safety Training day 2 sea survival training

STCW Updating Training (STCW 2010 Manila Amendments)

From 1 January 2017 seafarers are required to provide evidence of having either completed these courses within the past five years or that updating training has been undertaken as set out below.

  • Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques
  • Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Updated Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats)
  • Updated Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats
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