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


(23 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:

10th September 2019, 01st October 2019, 29th October 2019, 26th November 2019, 17th December 2019, 28th January 2020, 25th February 2020, 10 March 2020, 31 March 2020, 21 April 2020, 12 May 2020, 02 June 2020, 23 June 2020, 14 July 2020, 25 Aug 2020, 15 Sept 2020, 13 Oct 2020, 10 Nov 2020, 15 Dec 2020

23 reviews for Personal Survival Techniques

  1. John Bleaken

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

  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Bradley Nixon

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

  8. Jack Findlater

    Lots of information, very good, would recommend

  9. Robert Millar

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

  10. Keith Badsey

    Good well presented course.

  11. Katherine Barber

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

  12. Matthew Edwards

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

  13. George Adams

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

  14. 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.

  15. Mark Hocking

    Really good day. Very easy going

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Helena R.

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

  22. Connor M

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

  23. Josh F.

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

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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.