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


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


Rated 4.78 out of 5 based on 18 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)
Category: SKU: Personal Survival Techniques

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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 jumping from a height into the water
  • Righting an inverted life raft while wearing a life jacket
  • Swimming while wearing a life jacket
  • Keeping afloat
  • Boarding a liferaft from ship and water while wearing a life jacket
  • Taking initial actions on boarding a liferaft 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

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:

29th January 2019, 26th February 2019, 26th March 2019, 30th April 2019, 21st May 2019, 30th June 2019

9 reviews for Personal Survival Techniques

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Bleaken

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

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    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!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bradley Nixon

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

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jack Findlater

    Lots of information, very good, would recommend

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Robert Millar

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

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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.