Prerequisites: None

Certificate validity: 5 years

Certification: Personal Survival Techniques STCW A-VI/1

Duration: 1 Day (0900hrs – 1700hrs)

Cost: £168.00inc vat (Please note all prices include vat @20%)

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

STCW Basic Safety Training

The STCW Personal Survival Techniques (sea survival course) module provides knowledge of essential prevention and survival techniques. It includes both theoretical and practical sessions, investigating causes of distress, knowledge and use of equipment, launch and recovery of life rafts, preparation for survival, personal survival skills and use of search and rescue organisations


(78 customer reviews)
Category: SKU: Personal Survival Techniques


Personal Survival Techniques

The STCW Personal Survival Techniques course (often referred to as Sea Survival training) covers all the essentials for dealing with a survival situation at sea. It is a core part of the STCW Basic Safety Training course and is one of the 2 modules that require STCW2010 Update training every 5 years.

Course Content

  • Types of emergency situations such as collision, fire, sinking
  • Types of life-saving appliances normally carried on ships
  • Equipment in survival craft
  • Location of personal life-saving appliances
  • Principles concerning survival

Practical instruction will include

  • Donning a life jacket
  • Donning and use an immersion suit
  • Safely entering the water from a height
  • Righting an inverted life raft while wearing a life jacket and immersion suit
  • Swimming while wearing a life jacket
  • Keeping afloat
  • Boarding a life raft from ship and water while wearing a life jacket
  • Taking initial actions on boarding a life raft to enhance chance of survival
  • Streaming a drogue or sea anchor
  • Operating location devices, including radio equipment

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

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

Company group bookings can be facilitated with bespoke course options for 8 or more crew; please contact the office to discuss your requirement.

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.

There is a wide range of local accommodation, some of which are within walking distance of the training centre to suit everyone’s budget. For a list of local accommodation please click here.

Additional information

Course Dates:

7th May 2024, 21st May 2024, 28th May 2024, 4th June 2024, 10th June 2024, 18th June 2024, 9th July 2024, 23rd July 2024, 13th August 2024, 3rd September 2024, 17th September 2024, 8th October 2024, 22nd October 2024, 5th November 2024, 19th November 2024, 3rd December 2024

78 reviews for Personal Survival Techniques

  1. Andy. K

    Well designed course and presented at a nice pace, professional instructors, thank you!

  2. P. Wilson

    Good level of professionalism, with good level of communication to make sure people are involved, clean changing rooms were a nice surprise from this type of course!

  3. J. Tucker

    Very supportive, knowledgeable and friendly staff

  4. Adrian. I

    Excellent course in a very pleasant location. No pressure. Good facilities and welcoming staff overall, really recommend, thank you

  5. A Zans

    Fantastic test of personal and team abilities. Done in a great environment and very helpful staff. Felt safe and calm the whole time.

  6. R Flynn

    The course has been incredibly informative and useful, I loved the practical sessions, I could jump in all day!

  7. J Deane

    Content was well presented by Phil, well delivered and clear. The practicals were well guided, the course was highly enjoyable – more so than I was expecting!

  8. R Dusgate

    Sabrina and Rob both friendly and good laugh, good examples, well paced practical.

  9. S Foster

    Excellent instructors with great humour and experience. A really useful course. Great instructors.

  10. D Carter

    The instructor was very easy to listen to, full of experiences, knowledge, easy going, friendly and professional.
    Thank you Sabrina, really enjoyed the course, great techniques, see you in 5 years!

  11. P Boulton

    Very Informative and professional tutor.

  12. D Kamau

    Really good highly improved my level of marine safety.

  13. Robert Jenkins

    As ever an excellent course, your instructors are extremely good.

  14. Kate McElligott

    Awesome thank you!

  15. Marten Goodfellow

    Course theory was good, short but full of info, practical was good equipment good.

  16. Lewis Gorton

    Very well delivered, well facilitated also, would certainly return

  17. Andrew Cooper

    Very pleasant staff with very relevant career experiences.

  18. Bella Cooper

    Instructors were knowledgeable and experienced. Good day with Sabrina implementing safety procedures. Would come again.

  19. Kenneth

    It was very good and easy to understand

  20. Rory Pryor

    Sabrina is great 🙂

  21. Joshua

    Fantastic! Thank you

  22. Alexander Rees

    Excellent training and extremely knowledgeable staff, would highly recommend to colleagues and friends. Thank you!

  23. Aliz Antoni

    The course was very interesting and fun as much as possible. Thank you for that!

  24. Kyle S

    Great instructors – made the course

  25. Savas Bizinos

    Loved the natural environment training session with immersion suits!!

  26. Anthony Eddies-Davies

    Great easy going teaching and thorough, great course, great location, will use again! Thanks

  27. Jack Blackburn

    Friendly staff, thanks

  28. Ian Mussom

    The outdoor practical setting gave the training added reality.

  29. Sam Smith

    Perfect, to the point, very knowledgeable instructors, super helpful and a great place for training courses.

  30. Daniel Weeks

    Practical portion of the course enjoyable and informative. I enjoyed the use of immersion suits.

  31. Reece Tuppen

    It was very enjoyable and would come back again.

  32. Rosie Thompson

    Instructors were very helpful & useful techniques in the water. Informative for all levels and experience. Learnt lots of info about survival at sea – found the flares interesting. The water drills were fun but hard work! Overall enjoyed it!

  33. Louis Baker

    Amazing course, would come back any time. Thanks. Louis.

  34. Joe Hedley

    Very knowledgeable, great first hand knowledge/accounts.
    Fun, well-paced, interesting.

  35. Andrew Childs

    Instructors clearly know what they are talking about and have experience. Instructors were helpful, alert if anyone needed help in the water which was very good. The practical in the lake worked really well to solidify our learning from the morning, the theory used people’s experiences whenever possible as well.

  36. Ray Bennet

    Great mix of instruction and practice. Explained in plain language and good humour. Would be pleased to recommend the course.

  37. Paul McAdam

    Very good course, I learned so much. Great team, very friendly

  38. Paul Boniface

    Very friendly relaxed atmosphere, making for a great learning environment.
    Instructors have a great knowledge base, are very friendly creating good relaxed learning environment.

  39. Jake Brown

    The instructors were very knowledgeable and pass on this knowledge very well. Very enjoyable course.

  40. Garth Rennie

    The instructors were very helpful and professional in their jobs. I thought the course was very professional and the instructors were very helpful and easy going in the classrooms and on the water.

  41. David Rust

    Classroom teaching very informative with excellent interaction. The equipment, facility and practical was much better than my previous experience at a leisure centre. Overall excellent, keep up the good work.

  42. Cobi Hughes

    Learned a lot more than I was expecting to. The different Backgrounds and experience of the instructors was useful for explaining how these survival skills have worked in the past and how they could be very important in the future for myself and other students.

  43. Madalein Bradshaw

    The instructors had fantastic knowledge and interpersonal skills with students. Real life experience shared with the team and extremely helpful. They were continuously assessing the progression of each individual despite the student numbers. Excellent staff and ratio of classroom work to practical work was perfect. Understanding the use and purpose of various safety equipment on different vessels was very helpful. Thank you!

  44. Craig Nightingale

    A very factual course, ideal. Enjoyable day

  45. Ryan Weeks

    Excellent interactive course, very enjoyable

  46. Sean Kirk

    Very well run & good equipment

  47. M Spinazzola

    I enjoyed the contents and applying the theory to the practice.

  48. Jake Moorhouse

    I thought it was a very well structured course and also very informative.
    The practical element made me feel very confident in the water.

  49. Martin Watts

    Good practical training, a good combination of classroom & practical training including open water conditions.

  50. Roxana T Shafree

    Had a really great time as well as learning a lot. The practical element was excellent even though I was apprehensive about it. Would recommend.

  51. Dee Urch

    Good overview of emergencies at sea & things t be aware of. After the session in the water I feel more confident if I have to deal with this situation in reality.

  52. David Gair

    Course was very interactive. Staff were perfect

  53. Aimee Hall

    Really enjoyed, much more realistic rather than training in a swimming pool. Friendly and fun staff.

  54. Martin W Hails

    Very knowledgeable and competent training staff delivering excellent training at great facilities

  55. Ethan Paint

    The two courses I attended – Personal Survival Techniques and the Elementary First Aid – were great.
    The instructors are knowledgeable and interactive. Would recommend and return for future courses.

  56. Josh F.

    Of all the courses I’ve done in my career, this has been by far the best organised and most informative.

  57. Connor M

    The training was excellent and much better than learning in a pool!

  58. Helena R.

    Fantastic knowledge and experience of staff and great facility for teaching.

  59. Graema C.

    Instructors have good experience and knowledge learnt on different vessels, examples given really helped.
    The instructors were all nice and friendly which helped learning.
    Overall a great course, very friendly and experienced instructors.
    I would highly recommend.

  60. Peter W.

    Doing the practical elements in a natural setting made it far more realistic and made me feel far better prepared to deal with a real survival situation.

  61. Yatin M.

    Instructors have excellent knowledge and real life experience.
    The training content exceeded my expectations, professionally delivered.
    Group work / team work exercises were great and helped group bonding.

  62. Nick Weeks

    Brought my team from Port of Bristol Police and we all took so much away from the course. Staff are spot on and knowledge clearly of the highest standard. Will 100% be using South West Maritime Academy again. Superb facilities as well!

  63. Simon Halliday

    Fantastic course. Whatever your skill set or level of previous knowledge everyone was treated the same, made to feel calm and under no pressure. I felt I took more of the information on-board because of the great teaching style.

  64. Mark Hocking

    Really good day. Very easy going

  65. Kevin James

    From a personal point of view having never done immersion suit drills. Felt very confident in the instruction and teaching methods used. Excellent fun with the sun out.

  66. George Adams

    Brilliant course, would highly recommend. Great instructor and site.

  67. Matthew Edwards

    Very good course. Good workout in the water too. Very knowledgeable.

  68. Katherine Barber

    Very good and made to feel at ease. The instructor John is very knowledgeable and made the course fun.

  69. Keith Badsey

    Good well presented course.

  70. Robert Millar

    Great course, gives confidence in real world, use of survival equipment.

  71. Jack Findlater

    Lots of information, very good, would recommend

  72. Bradley Nixon

    Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thought the facilities along with the instructors were outstanding!

  73. Abigail Wain

    Everything was explained well and any questions answered fully. Makes you feel at ease. A lot of information but delivered in manageable chunks. Good teacher, clearly very experienced!

  74. Jacqueline Hill

    I really enjoyed the session in the quarry. It made a nice change from a swimming pool! AND the chance to try out an immersion suit which was really excellent.

  75. Henrietta Baker

    A fantastic mix of classroom and practical application of personal survival at sea. The instructors personal experiences helped the course come to life. Well recommended.

  76. Will Wye

    Absolutely great course. Thoroughly enjoyed, well paced with enough interaction that its quick and painless. Wish I was doing the rest of the week. Thanks and see you again soon.

  77. D Stockley

    Very good demonstration of personal experience and knowledge displayed by all instructors. Very good interaction with students and staff alike. Wasn’t sure what to expect, but a great course with great staff.

  78. John Bleaken

    The course and equipment was first class. The instruction was friendly and any questions answered and covered well.

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