Prerequisites: Before commencing 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: South West Maritime Academy, Cromhall Quarry, Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA

STCW Basic Safety Training

Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats Course

This Fast Rescue Boats (FRB) course runs over 3 days and covers a mix of practical and theory learning.

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 is to man 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 near Bristol to run the final two days of practical training on the Bristol Channel.


To give seafarers who are required to take charge of a fast rescue boats 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
  • Operate a fast rescue boat engine
  • Dealing with capsize of a fast rescue boat


(19 customer reviews)
Category: SKU: Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats

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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

Course Dates

4th – 6th December 2020, 3rd – 5th March 2021, 17th – 19th May 2021, 29th June – 1st July 2021, 22nd – 24th September 2021

19 reviews for Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats

  1. Dean Whitmore

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

  2. Sion Matthews

    The instructors were good at conveying knowledge

  3. Andy Stebbing

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

  4. Daniel Martin

    Great professional training and knowledgeable teachers

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Ben Ford

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

  9. John Stewart M

    Very professional and an excellent introduction to fast rescue boats.

  10. 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.

  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. Jack F

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

  13. Jack F

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

  14. Chris Holland

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

  15. 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.

  16. Adam Caddick

    The instructors were very knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

  17. Ann Burghes

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

  18. 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.

  19. Steven Burns

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

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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.