Cost: £675 (Please note all prices include vat @20%)

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

Duration: 4 Days

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 1 to 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended and has also met the additional criteria specified in the STCW Convention and Code

Prerequisites: Before commencing the Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) training, trainees must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Received approved or recognised training in Personal Survival Techniques or Updated Personal Survival Techniques in the last 5 years
  • Have at least six months sea service

Training may be undertaken by individuals who have not achieved the sea service requirement of a minimum six months, but the certificate will not be awarded until proof of completion of six months sea service has been provided.

STCW Basic Safety Training

What is the Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats course?

Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats courses are a mix of hands-on and theory learning, teaching essential skills for those in a coxswain role on lifeboats and rescue boats, or those tasked with crewing such vessels in the case of an emergency on board and run over 4 days.

The purpose of the Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) course, sometimes referred to as lifeboat training (or by some as the CPSC – Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft course) is to prepare crew should they be faced with an emergency onboard resulting in them either having to abandon ship or rescue a crew member in a man over board situation.

It is our objective at South West Maritime Academy to ensure crew members are competent and confident to launch, recover and coxswain a survival craft or rescue boat should they be tasked to save lives at sea or in case of emergency on board a vessel.

This training will meet the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) requirements as set out in the following:

Table A-VI/2-1


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Category: SKU: Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats


Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than fast rescue Boats) Course Content:

The Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats – or PSCRB – course runs over 4 days and covers a range of both theory based and practical knowledge and skills.

This course was formerly referred to as the ‘Advanced Sea Survival’ course, and known by many as the CPSC (Certificate in Proficiency in Survival Craft)  course.

By the end of the PSCRB course, students should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during and after launch
  • Operate a survival craft engine
  • Manage survivors and survival craft after abandoning ship
  • Use locating devices including communications, signalling apparatus and pyrotechnics
  • Apply first aid to survivors.

This course is a mixture of both classroom based theory and water & lifeboat station practical learning.

having attended this course and gained certification, a natural progression may be the STCW Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats course.

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:

7th – 10th May 2024, 17th – 20th June 2024, 27th – 30th August 2024, 1st – 4th October 2024, 11th – 14th November 2024

62 reviews for Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats

  1. F. Reading

    Great facility with fantastic instructors. I will be planning to do future courses here.

  2. J Dodd

    Great set up and facilities! I will highly recommend and be back in the future!

  3. Klaus. K

    Jack our instructor has a wide knowledge, he is open to discuss every topic and has wide knowledge. Top course, thank you for everything!

  4. Kevin. V

    I thought it was in depth and very clear instructions were always given. The course was really good.

  5. R Bridgett

    The course was well planned out and enjoyable.

  6. J Searby

    Very experienced and knowledgeable instructors, great course, great fun, learnt so much. Top, top drawer!

  7. L Giles

    Very informative and good fun! Thank you

  8. M Burton

    The weeks training was extremely well presented and the knowledge and keenness of the instructors was clear form the outset. Extremely good week. Thanks

  9. P Morrison

    Great place and the best staff

  10. D Skippins

    Excellent course, instructor knowledgeable and personable.
    Particularly impressed with the admin, lack of unnecessary forms and very easy to change a booking.

  11. J Colmer

    John and Singe were great, knowledgeable and a good sense of humour, it was a decent excellent course.

  12. T Gilboy

    Very informative, very friendly instructors, I learned a lot.

  13. N Woodburn

    I found the course to be very informative and helpful to my future as a Seaman.

  14. S Harris

    The course was excellent, fun, enjoyable and friendly. A good week all round.

  15. S Waterfall

    A well structured and concise course, fully meeting expectations and requirements.

  16. J Faulkener

    Loved the course, cheers Jonathan

  17. Alex O’Connell

    Great course

  18. J Broughton

    Great instructor and facilities, thank you.

  19. A Stones

    The instructor made it a fun yet informative course, he was a great teacher.
    I’ve come away with lots of knowledge and confidence.

  20. S Curtis

    Very good course, great teaching from a very knowledgeable instructor – many thanks.

  21. L Sams

    Great instruction, nothing rushed. Plenty of time to operate all watercraft and theory.
    Great knowledge from instructor, if it wasn’t know John would find out. Many thanks.

  22. L Davey

    Very good course plenty of practical learning and the classroom based work was all needed.

  23. A Leonard

    Couldn’t have asked for better facilities, training or instructor. Easily the best run course I’ve been on so far.

  24. W Evans

    The course was very informative, well paced, the instructor made it fun to do and he was very patient. Would love to come back.

  25. J Thomas

    I appreciate the commitment that John has to making sure that all aspects of the course are understood and that we are all leaving with the knowledge and confidence to safely perform our lifeboat and survival craft duties. Thank you.

  26. S Bisgrove

    Best training facility I have been to.

  27. A Marshall

    Very good experience overall brilliant tuition, learned everything necessary to do with handling of rescue boats and fast rescue boats.

  28. David Titchner -Popham

    Fantastic facilities and very good instruction. Would highly recommend.

  29. Kellie

    Enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors who teach in an engaging and interesting way. It’s great to have people who are passionate about what they do rather than just ticking boxes. The instructors and staff are relaxed, friendly and professional.
    I would recommend the centre highly. Great facilities, knowledgeable instructors and taught in a way that focusses on real life situations. Thanks for an excellent course.

  30. R Rajputtee

    I was able to learn and understand very well, the instructors were very helpful. The training was very good and the instructors were really helpful with the practical. I was very, very happy with the way the training was conducted.

  31. Wood

    All the instructors are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The thought of being in charge onboard was daunting, but the course and instructors make it easy and now I am happy to be in charge!

  32. Grunwell

    A very rewarding course, set at a great pace. Instructors were knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend this training facility.

  33. Daniel Martin

    Brilliant course, good fun and very informative.

  34. Callum Lambert -Tumulty

    All the instructors know the subject inside out and are very good at passing on information to students.

  35. Andrew Kelly

    Excellent course, I feel what I have learned on this course will help me in my place of work.

  36. Barry Yelland

    Highly enlightening course by experienced and very professional instructors.

  37. Adam Fenton

    Course covered everything expected and more, John is clearly very knowledgeable and enjoys teaching – making it fun for everyone.

  38. Joseph Smith

    Instructors always able to branch out on topic and answer all questions in detail. Enjoyed the honesty of the instructor regarding the industry and the willingness to guide each individual in their specific field.

  39. Nick L.H

    Great to have more experienced instructors in to help split the class and keep everything flowing, everything was all sound guys!
    All instructors very experienced and knowledgeable, engaging and down to earth guys. Great facilities, can’t fault the course. I would recommend the centre to anyone.

  40. Callum Du Plessis

    John is the best instructor I have come across, far exceeded my expectations on the course delivery and overall enjoyment and learning. It was the best teaching style I have come across, fun interactive and informative.
    This was the best course I have ever had the pleasure of doing. John was not only a great teacher but went above and beyond the requirement needed. We drove 3 different types of boats and became confident in all of them. I would highly recommend South West Maritime Academy to anyone looking to complete their own modules and STCW qualifications.

  41. Toby Bond

    Very well presented and a good mix of having a good time but getting the course done safely.

  42. Fergal Peoples

    John and Singe are fantastic instructors, patient and knowledgeable. Very clear instructions and objectives, good at listening. Great progressive skill development.
    I don’t think the course could have been better. Good academics, but the focus of the course was on the practical aspects, which was fantastic. Everyone got the time on the equipment to develop their skills and confidence. The Instructors were very knowledgeable and patient and pushed everyone to succeed.

  43. Matthew Graham

    Instructors are extremely friendly and polite. Very good way of teaching course material. Overall fantastic course, all instructors were very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Equipment used was good quality. Very good, would highly recommend.

  44. Kevin Foley

    Very thorough and excellent approach to making safety the number one priority for seafarers.

  45. Andrew Stebbing

    It was a very good pace of teaching the class, made all of us interact with each other so all to learn from each other in the class, as everyone’s jobs are different on board their vessels from deck to engine room. All works well in training.

  46. Harry Martin

    Very Friendly, practical and useful training methods. Excellent school, will do much more with these guys in future.

  47. Dermot Rossiter

    Instructors knowledge and teaching style is fantastic, they had a great way of making students feel comfortable and at the same time teaching us in a way that made everything sink in and has made me think if ways to improve my skill set aboard my vessel. Excellent course and brilliant instructors.

  48. Scott Mitchell

    This course had a fantastic mix of practical and theory.
    Highly recommend.

  49. Tim Cotgreave

    Great vibe without too much classroom, practical approach is spot on. Great course, Mike, Luc and John were spot on. Good knowledge, chilled atmosphere yet safety focus Paramount!

  50. Mark Kerton

    Friendly staff, down to earth attitude. Natural flow of course content, additional assistance given if required with a very friendly teaching style.

  51. Connor Jarvis

    Very experienced, great instructors and overall experience.

  52. Steve Hicks

    Enjoyable and engaging with ample opportunity to master the various aspects of the course and equipment.

  53. Paul McCann

    Well delivered across the classroom and the exercise ground, a lot of practical knowledge gained.

  54. Neil Webber

    Very good training with an excellent practice scenario. Would recommend.

  55. Carl Trotter

    John is the owner and clearly knows his stuff. Very welcoming from the set go. Nice small groups so more personal. Really feel like I’ve lean’t something.

  56. Mark Vangorph

    Great course with experienced staff. Would highly recommend!!

  57. Ebong Akpan Usoro

    I have gained a lot of experience and adequate knowledge. I strongly recommend South West Maritime Academy to anyone out there.

  58. S.A.Baker

    Felt welcome and at ease.

  59. Charles Blyth

    Good equipment and great friendly, professional staff. Will recommend to colleagues.

  60. Mike Norton

    This is a very professional outfit.

  61. M Hamley

    I thought the course was well planned and the knowledge of the instructor was very good.

  62. C. Ashby

    Excellent – Better than expected and worthwhile.

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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.