‘I was very impressed with the knowledge of the instructors, even in subjects not covered by the course. No one was singled out, everyone I met whilst being trained was great, supportive and informative. I thought the course was great, coming into it not knowing what to expect. The theory was very informative, there was a lot to take in, but that’s just the way it is. The practical I really enjoyed. I’m very tired but pleased with the progression. It was just the right amount…Great week. Thank you to Tim, Matt & all the staff.’ September 2017
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.
South West Maritime Academy is a leading provider of high quality training across maritime, security, fire & medical disciplines.
- J Bailey, Ocean Images – STCW95 Basic Safety Training
The course was very good. I will certainly recommend it. Instructors are very helpful and friendly. I give it a five star *****Rahul Bhasin
‘Brilliant, very knowledgeable instructors and answered every question. Exceeded expectations, learnt a lot and kept going back so it was ingrained. Training was intense but enjoyable and relevant, five stars!’ September 2017J Brown – STCW 95 Basic Safety Training
Have learnt huge amounts this week. Theory and practicals linked well and practicals reinforced learning. All the guys have first hand experience of situations reconstructed on the course, which is perfect. Top Notch – cheers.Will Higgins
Fantastic course, confidence increased in skills tenfold including new skills learnt. Great mix of theory & practical, good use of background experience to describe situations.
FPOS Intermediate – February 2015Katherine Golik
Really good full of knowledge and experience would love to come back and play.
FPOS Intermediate – February 2015Gavyn Cattell
‘Very experienced and knowledgeable staff with a great patter and banter. Teaching style was very inclusive and adaptive; very professional. Very comprehensive, excellent facilities, highly knowledgeable staff and an amazing sense of team spirit which one instantly feels included in’ September 2017Toby, Universal Maritime – STCW95 Basic Safety Training
Good instructors explaining every module and subject in detail.
FPOS Intermediate – February 2015Allewyn Tredoux
Cant fault it.Fantastic instructors, very knowledgeable, approachable & professional. Made to feel at ease immediately with a great range of experience.Fantastic, informative, fun & action packed week. All new to me so thoroughly enjoyed it.Sean Green
I would definitely recommend it to friends wishing to do courses. Really good fun and prepared you well for dealing with emergencies. Very knowledgeable, professional with lots or real life examples.Hannah Wickenden
The week went quickly, good speed with lots of time for questions. Every instructor knew what they were doing, gave lots of info and we felt very safe during the practicals. Loads of practicals which was great! Would recommend the course to others as the week was great, everyone was nice and the whole experience was fun. Would come back and do it all again.Laura & Dorian
I learnt a lot more than I thought I would. Learnt lots and had a good time with a great bunch of people.Mark Hopkins
Very indepth course on all subjects 10/10. A very indepth course, well presented with emphasis on candidates safety at all times. well done guys!William Adams
Didn’t just fire through a powerpoint without explaining or ever backing it up with a practical demonstration. Equipment and facilities were good except for all the wasps! Very good week, learnt a lot.Lauren Lawson
‘Fantastic course, fantastic instructor. Will be back’ September 2017S Hallam, Offshore Turbine Services – Elementary First Aid
‘Best First Aid course I have been on. Loads of knowledge I didn’t know – very engaging’ May 2017W Kones – Anytime Fitness
‘I really enjoyed the practical side, training in the quarry. It is a great relaxed setting with good access from the M5 motorway’ September 2017Ravi, Costain – Personal Survival Techniuqes
‘Obvious knowledge and experience of instructors – able to explain information in depth. Made to feel comfortable in the learning environment. Excellent course with the knowledge and experience of instructors clearly demonstrated. Excellent practical course with a good mix of theory and practical application’ September 2017T Wood – STCW95 Basic Safety Training
‘Training facilities were clean along with the gear. Everyone was easy to communicate with, encouraging for any questions and explaining great. Hit the ground running, intense course, but I’ve learned so fast and so much’ September 2017K Latham, Ocean Images – STCW95 Basic Safety Training
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
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.
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