Prerequisites: Before commencing this Fast Rescue Boat training, learners must have obtained a Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than fast rescue boats). You must also be at least 18 years of age.

Certificate validity: 5 years

Certification: Upon successful completion certification will be provided approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as meeting the requirements laid down in:

Regulation VI/2, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/2, paragraphs 5 and 6 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended and has also met the additional criteria specified in the STCW Convention and Code

Duration: 3 Days

Cost: £780.00 (Please note all prices include vat @20%)

Location: Day 1 – South West Maritime Academy, Cromhall Quarry, Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA

Days 2 & 3 – Portishead Marina, Newfoundland Way, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7DF

STCW Basic Safety Training

Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat Course

This STCW Fast Rescue Boats (FRB) course runs over 3 days and covers a mix of practical and theory learning. The course is sometimes referred to as the FRC – Fast Rescue Craft – course too.

FRB training builds upon the skills learned during the Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat course taken as a prerequisite to this course. It is essential training required by those whose duty on board a vessel is to crew the Fast Rescue Boat.

The course spans two locations; operating on the first day from our purpose built training facility at South West Maritime Academy, then moving to Portishead Marina near Bristol to run the final two days of practical training on the Bristol Channel. Addresses for both locations can be found in the details box above.

FRB Course Aims

To give seafarers who are required to take charge of a Fast Rescue Boat the essential education and training to meet the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) requirements set out in the following:
Table A-VI/2-2

Function: Fast Rescue Boats
Competence: Understand the construction, maintenance, repair and outfitting of fast rescue boats

  • Take charge of the launching equipment and appliance as commonly fitted, during launching and recovery
  • Launch and recovery of a fast rescue boat
  • Operating a fast rescue boat after launching in prevailing weather/sea states
  • Operate a fast rescue boat engine
  • Dealing with capsize of a fast rescue boat
  • Search patterns
  • Casualty recovery from water

Looking for an STCW2010 Update / Refresher course for your FRB ticket?

We offer the STCW Fast Rescue Boat Update course several times a year as an open course, or if you have a crew / group requirement we can always look at bespoke dates for you for 8 or more crew members.


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Category: SKU: Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats


The STCW Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (FRB) Course

Our Fast Rescue Boats course is run over 3 days, and covers launch and recovery gear, launch and recover of the fast rescue boat and operation of both the boat and its engine. It is a step on from the STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) course.

There are six outcomes to the Fast Rescue Boats training:

1: The learner understands the construction and outfitting of fast rescue boat and associated equipment.

2: The learner can take charge of the fast rescue boat, launching equipment, release mechanism(s) and associated appliances during launching and recovery.

3: The learner knows the routine maintenance procedures for fast rescue boats and measures for contingency repairs.

4: The learner knows the procedures for use of a fast rescue boat in casualty recovery operations.

5: The learner can take charge of a fast rescue boat to effect search and rescue operations.

6: The learner knows how to prevent and manage capsize situations.

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

Bespoke courses for 6 or more crew members can be arranges, please contact the office to discuss your requirements.

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

STCW Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats

17th – 19th July 2023, 4th – 6th September 2023, 15th – 17th November 2023

21 reviews for Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats

  1. M Feely

    Equal parts of professionalism and friendliness.

  2. A Kelly

    Really good course, touched on good range of topics.

  3. Steven Burns

    Very relaxed and professional course, better than being taught by Royal Navy. Instructors were fantastic and very knowledgeable.

  4. Luke Middlemiss

    Very clear instructions from instructors they were very friendly. I thought the course was brilliant, may have like an extra day, everything was covered and explained in a simple understandable format.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the course.

  5. Ann Burghes

    Very good instructors and very professional. Good course, informative with good instructors.

  6. Adam Caddick

    The instructors were very knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

  7. Skye Allen

    Luc and Singe were so professional and helpful. The course was very informative in a very good way, The instructors were understanding and helpful. I would love to do another course here.

  8. Chris Holland

    Really good course, which helps to improve my initial rescue boat knowledge.

  9. Jack F

    The instructors are proficient and knowledgeable about all aspects of small boating, they are friendly and helped progression.

  10. Jack F

    The course was insightful and broadened my understanding of Rescue Craft/Fast Rescue Craft and how they can be used.

  11. Callum Lambert T

    I thought the course was very well paced and the instructors were fantastic. Very good facilities and lots of boat time.

  12. Matthew Stuart D

    Luc is a very knowledgeable and professional instructor who uses real world examples to re-enforce the theory. I would fully recommend South West Maritime Academy. The facilities are excellent and all the instructors are thoroughly knowledgeable and approachable.

  13. John Stewart M

    Very professional and an excellent introduction to fast rescue boats.

  14. Ben Ford

    Very practical course and plenty of boat handling experience. Very good.

  15. Nick Pike

    The quarry is an excellent facility for the capsize drills. The training centre is well planned + laid out. The equipment is first class. A good experience all round. Both Luc and Singe have a wealth of experience to draw from and pass on to the students.

  16. Matthew Walton

    Great knowledge passed on with hints & tips. Instructors were really friendly, with a relaxed atmosphere. Great course with great instructors who are very knowledgeable, relaxed atmosphere and a good laugh with everyone else on the course.

  17. Alastair Hone

    Really enjoyed the course, struggled with the pacing the boat element but instructors were great and I really enjoyed the course. Fantastic Instructors, teaching skills and knowledge was excellent. Fantastic!

  18. Daniel Martin

    Great professional training and knowledgeable teachers

  19. Andy Stebbing

    Course was good all round, learned a lot about boat control. Thanks

  20. Sion Matthews

    The instructors were good at conveying knowledge

  21. Dean Whitmore

    Very Friendly, knowledgeable instructors, will take a lot away from this course!

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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.