Certification: Upon successful completion candidates will receive MCA approved certification in the following:

  • First Aid – £135.00 inc vat
  • Fire Safety – £175.00 inc vat
  • Water Safety – £168.00 inc vat

Prerequisites: None

Duration: 3 Days (0900hrs – 1700hrs Daily)

Package price: £399.00 (Please note all prices include vat @20%)

Location: South West Maritime Academy, Cromhall Quarry, Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA

STCW Basic Safety Training

Boatmasters’ Licence (BML)

What is the BML and what training do you need?

This course contains some exercises that are physically demanding. Any candidate unsure of their fitness for such activities should consult their doctor.

Our STCW Course – Boatmasters’ Licence ancillary safety training conforms to the STCW 2010 Manila amendments.

Boatmasters’ Licence

Boatmasters’ Licence – ancillary training courses

South West Maritime Academy are proud to be one of the few UK training providers offering the full three courses required for the Boatmasters’ Licence ancillary training as a 3 day package.

The ancillary training courses are one of the elements you are required  to complete as part of the process of applying for the MCA Boatmasters’ Licence, giving you the basic skills required to exhibit an understanding of essential safety when using a vessel on the inland waterways.

Further details on what other prerequisites you will require before applying for your Boatmasters’ License can be found below.

The full Boatmasters’ Licence ancillary training course package runs over three days, commencing with the First Aid element, moving on to the Fire Safety course and finishing with the Water Safety element. However, these courses can also be booked individually and run over a day each per course.

What is the Boatmasters’ License?

The Boatmasters’ license (BML) is needed for passenger and non-passenger, commercial vessels that operate on inland waterways and certain coastal areas. It is a requirement as defined under the Merchant Shipping regulations, which came into force in 2007. In order to Master a vessel, commercially in categorised waters, you must be qualified under the BML Regulations.

How to obtain a Boatmasters’ License?

To qualify for a BML you will need to submit the following documents to your local Marine Office:

  • an application form  MSF 4364
  • evidence of completing the three basic safety courses – personal survival/water safety, first aid and fire safety MCA approved BML Short Courses, STCW95 Basic Safety Training (which supersede the BML Ancillary Training requirement) or any of the equivalent courses on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency approved list.
  • a medical certificate Seafarer Information – ENG1 or ML5
  • a Task Record Book MSF 4367
  • work record or other evidence of time served – Tier 1 applicants only MSF 4366
  • meet minimum age requirements*
  • any Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC) (if held)

You will also be required to complete both oral and practical examinations:

  • an oral assessment on underpinning knowledge BML Syllabuses
  • a practical boat handling assessment i.e coming alongside, anchoring, man overboard


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Boat Masters Licence

27th February – 1st March 2023, 30th May – 1st June 2023, 24th – 26th July 2023, 23rd – 25th October 2023

8 reviews for Boat Masters Licence

  1. A Barnett

    Great teaching and inspiring stories, friendly with a good engaging teaching style making the learning applicable to the real world , this made me want to go on to higher levels of training!

  2. Justin James

    Really useful, thank you.

  3. Rosemary Parnis

    I have come away with more practical knowledge. Good to increase knowledge + practical skills.

  4. Huw Ingram

    Taking into consideration the Coronavirus issue, everything was done and adaptations were made to ensure the course ran in the safest possible environment. An enjoyable and informative course.

  5. Gregor Barron

    Excellent Course. Instructors Knowledgeable. Presented well. Encourage Questions + Discussions. Facilities excellent.

  6. Gatlin Walker

    Very Qualifies and experienced staff

  7. Ella

    This training has given me the confidence in dealing with a crisis on-board and made me reflect in previous incidents I’ve experienced at work.

  8. Chris

    Charismatic and thorough instructors.
    Excellent facilities and a vital academic resource.

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 Course content

The Boatmasters’ License ancillary safety training consists of three modules*:


*There are also equivalent training options that can be used in the stead of the below courses, all of which we supply at SWMA. Details can be found through the following link to the .gov website.

First Aid

  • Demonstrate an awareness of body structure and functions
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the measures to be taken in cases of emergency, including
  • How to position a casualty, How to apply resuscitation techniques and maintain clear airway,
  • How to control bleeding, How to apply appropriate measures of basic shock management
  • Describe the appropriate measures in the event of burns and scalds including accidents caused by electric current
  • Describe how to improvise bandages and use materials in emergency kit
  • Demonstrate how to raise the alarm efficiently and effectively for accidents or medical emergencies in different situations

Additional elements for categories C and D, and adjacent coastal sea

  • Describe how to rescue and transport casualty (e.g. use of stretchers for Class VI vessels)
  • Demonstrate how to identify promptly the probable cause, nature and extent of any injuries
  • Demonstrate awareness of ‘Category C’ medical stores, and when they should be carried

Fire Fighting

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the theory of combustion
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of types and sources of ignition likely to be encountered on vessels including
  • classification of fires (A, S, C and D) correct extinguishing equipment and methods for each type
  • Demonstrate an awareness of flammable materials, fire hazards and the spread of fire on board including the knowledge of best practice precautions arid the need for vigilance
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of correct sequence for fire detection and raising the alarm (“FIRE”): find, inform, restrict and extinguish
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of types of extinguishers including
  • Water,  Dry powder,  Foam, C02 and Fire blanket
  • Describe how to extinguish fire including practical demonstration of the use of extinguishers
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of correct location of fire-fighting equipment on a vessel
  • Additional elements for categories C and D, and adjacent coastal sea
  • Demonstrate an awareness of types and use of fixed fire fighting installations on large vessels

Personal Survival/Water Safety

  • Demonstrate an awareness of safe practices and accident prevention in order to minimise risks including the types of emergency situations which may occur, such as collisions, fire, grounding and man overboard the need to adhere to the principles of survival
  • Identifiy the types of life saving appliances normally carried on inland waterways vessels for the relevant areas of operation including lifebuoys, lifejackets/vests, lines
  • Describes the correct utilisation of appliances to aid another crew member, or self in the water
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of effects of immersion in water including hypothermia and how to treat affected persons
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of recovery procedures in man-overboard situations

Additional elements for categories C and D, and adjacent coastal sea

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of types of lifejackets likely to be carried on board including the donning and use of lifejackets
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the types of life rafts likely to be carried and encountered on board including
  • Stowage and deployment, Maintenance and servicing requirements, Hydrostatic release units,
  • Distress signals, helicopter strop and portable radio equipment or set (if any)

Contact us

Please contact us if you require any further information about this course or wish to book on behalf of a company:

Telephone: 01454 260130
Email: info@southwestmaritimeacademy.com

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday  – Friday: 08.30 – 17.00

Please be aware that online bookings will be confirmed with course joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment will be received by email.

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