Duration: 5 Days – Monday to Friday, 0900hrs – 1700hrs daily.

Prerequisites: None. This is an entry level course, required for all persons wishing to work aboard seafaring vessels.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the STCW Basic Safety Training course (STCW95 & STCW 2010), candidates will receive Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved certificates, valid for 5 years in the following:

Cost: £720.00 inc vat (Please note all prices include vat @20%)

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

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The 5 day STCW Basic Safety Training course (STCW95 & STCW 2010) is required to be undertaken by all seafarers in accordance with section A-Vl/1 of the STCW Code. The course is intended to ensure that seafarers are aware of the hazards of working on a vessel and enables you to respond appropriately to an emergency. The course modules below make up the mandatory familiarisation and basic safety training requirements for all seafarers is an ideal course for anyone looking for Seafarer basic safety training at a recreational level or those wishing to make a career at sea.

In accordance with the STCW 2010 Manila amendments which became mandatory on the 1st of January 2014, all seafarers that did not have specifically designated security duties whereby the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) course will be required and is available as a top up when completing the basic training package.

The modules listed within the course are a requirement for commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean that are working towards the MCA STCW Master Yacht 200 Tonnes (OOW 500 tonnes). And are also required by Masters and deck officers in commercial vessels over 24m in length and less than 500GT.


Category: SKU: STCW Basic Safety Training

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 Course content

Our STCW Basic Safety Training Course package consists of the 4 basic modules and the new mandatory Proficiency in Security Awareness. Click on any of the links below for more information on the specific module.

Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1)

The 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

Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (STCW A-VI/1-2)

The module deals with the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of fires aboard ship, how fires are caused and the first means of extinguishing them. The course includes practical training in the use of fire fighting equipment and the use of breathing apparatus for fire fighting and rescue.

Elementary First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3)

The module is a combination of theory and practical training for basic first aid and life saving skills. This course is intended for all seafaring personnel who need to be able to practice elementary first aid on board ship. It comprises the knowledge required in STCW 95 Table A-VI/1-3 and provides an introduction to the principles of first aid. It shows how to respond to the most common medical emergencies.

Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW A-VI/1-4)

The module gives basic induction training in safety procedures and accident prevention and familiarizes novice seafarers with employment and working conditions aboard. It is a classroom based course.

Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6-1)

All seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on ships required to comply with the ISPS code are required to undertake the Proficiency in Security Awareness course. The course provides necessary knowledge, understanding and proficiency to personnel intending to work on ships who will not have any designated security duties.


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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 before booking onto the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is STCW-95?

STCW-95 stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping. Created by the International Maritime Organisation in 1978 and amended in 1995, the STCW-95 code came into international effect in February 2003. The code was introduced to set minimum international training standards for professional mariners.

What is STCW-2010?

Known as the 2010 STCW Manila amendments, you must have documented evidence of completing the following training or have updated training within the last five years.

Why do I have to complete Basic Training?

It is a statutory requirement to have completed the this training so you are aware of safety procedures that will keep yourself, your crew members and passengers safe.

How will this course help my career progression?

This depends on what direction you want to take your yachting career. With the Basic Safety Training certification under your belt you will have the options to work on super yachts, wind farms, private yacht charter, flotilla and deliveries all over 24m.

What will STCW certification enable me to do?

Although it is a safety requirement to hold the certification to work at sea, it is not a qualification that alone will get you a job in the maritime industry. This is because it doesn’t give you the skills, knowledge or seamanship needed to work at sea.

Should I have a certificate although I already hold yachting qualifications?

Having a certificate alongside your current qualifications will show potential employers that you are not only a highly qualified candidate but someone who is serious about a career in the industry.

Will I get cold and wet during the Sea Survival module?

The short answer is no. You will be wearing a commercial immersion suit throughout which is designed to keep you warm and dry. For whatever reason should you get wet and cold during the Personal Survival Techniques course we will get you out of the water, warm you up and get you back in when your ready. 

Do I need to do all modules?

Any persons wishing to work at sea are required to complete all 4 basic modules and one of the mandatory security training courses depending on your role. However there are exceptions whereby some companies stipulate you only require the Personal Survival Techniques (Sea Survival) module if you are simply transferring to complete contract work on a wind farm or inland structure. We would highly recommend you check this with your employer prior to booking on any course.

Do I need to provide any of my own equipment?

No, everything you require for the training will be provided. Smart casual clothing for the theory sessions and a couple of sets of clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty/wet (tracksuit bottoms and T-shirt).

How can I book onto the course?

You can book onto by registering using the link next to your chosen date above. You can also book onto separate modules or the full course for a discounted rate.

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
Email: info@southwestmaritimeacademy.com

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.