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: £699.00 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.


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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.

Additional information

Course Dates:

29th April – 3rd May 2019, 20th May – 24th May 2019, 17th June – 21st June 2019, 24th June – 28th June 2019, 08th July – 12th July 2019, 29th July – 02nd August 2019, 19th August – 23rd August 2019, 09th September – 13th September 2019, 30th September – 04th October 2019, 28th October – 01st November 2019, 25th November – 29th November 2019, 16th December – 20th December 2019, 27th January – 31st January 2020, 24th February – 28th February 2020

34 reviews for Basic Safety Training Week

  1. Joseph Smith

    Course exceeded my expectations. From being completely green, to now feeling more than confident to take charge in dangerous scenarios. Particularly Sea Survival and Fire Fighting. Staff are the real deal. Overall fantastic experience.

  2. Alan McClenaghan

    Came away with good knowledge with every aspect on everything covered.

  3. M Middleton

    I will recommend this course to employers and staff, contractors and female employees excellent!!!!!

  4. Nick Bragg

    The experiences that the instructors spoke of was amazing to hear and made our scenarios true to real experiences we could deal with. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and would recommend SWMA to everyone. Couldn’t be happier with my training.

  5. Molly Astbury

    I have really enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone. I’m amazed at how much more confident I am now after completing the course! Thanks to everyone who made my STCW amazing!

  6. Keith Goss

    It’s been a superb week. I feel like I’ve learnt a huge amount that has given me the confidence to get stuck in when I go aboard vessels.

  7. Ash Llewellyn

    Very good course and training well presented. Would recommend it to anyone.

  8. J. Plewman

    Excellent. Friendly and knowledgeable instructors would recommend to others. five stars

  9. Noah Hawkins

    Excellent instructors with the skills and knowledge to take a complete beginner through all the drills and practical’s and gives me the confidence to be on ship.

  10. Callum Villis

    This is the second STCW 95 course I have attended and by far the best!

  11. Myles Phillips

    Thoroughly enjoyed the course, I have learnt a lot of information, theory and practical skills. Overall a superb experience and would recommend.

  12. Adam Blundell

    Tim and Rob are top instructors and good blokes that know their stuff. Friendly staff, great facilities a professional course run by professionals

  13. Patrick Roberts

    An action packed week with good balance of theory. Highly recommend undertaking BST with a good friendly atmosphere.

  14. M Robertson

    Thought this course was great, very informative, precise clear explanations with plenty of re-caps. A wealth of knowledge. I’ve come away feeling more confident to cope with emergencies and feel a lot more positive in myself. Good instructors all mixed together, good humour and serious work. Will recommend.

  15. Henry Sage

    The practical training was extremely beneficial, I feel I have learnt a lot over the past week.

  16. Morgan Malwah

    Brilliant course, leaving feeling competent and confident. Instructors all subject matter experts and knowledge + professionalism shone through. Would recommend to anyone.

  17. Iona Taylor

    Really great course, really great to find a well run, economically friendly + professional, reliable centre to do courses at. Will definitely recommend and hopefully come back for more courses.

  18. Lewis Sharman-Dodd

    It’s a great course, for someone that has never experienced any of this training I now feel confident in myself to perform first aid and fire fighting in the future.

  19. Felix Hansen

    I was very happy with the experience, felt that all information was delivered in an easy to process manner. Each instructor was very open to talk to. They were very eager to help with any questions we had about the course and more importantly the industry itself.

  20. Daniel Dando

    Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Met my expectations and beyond! Very pleased that I chose South West Maritime Academy. Having different instructors helped greatly when it came to learning as each instructor came with their own set of skills and experience.

  21. Peter Howarth

    Really helpful, knowledgeable instructors, excellent facilities. A really enjoyable learning experience.

  22. Oliver Dunn

    Amazing guys, loved it. Cant wait to see them again in 5 years. Loved every moment, Never bored was so much fun and good learning.

  23. James Fairman

    Excellent course. This was my third STCW and this was the most informative and engaging by far. Thanks guys.

  24. Lorcan Connell

    I fully enjoyed the course. Each instructor knew their subject fully and were capable of communicating complicated tasks in a way that was easily understood. I would recommend this course to others!

  25. Anthony Jones

    The most realistic, professional course currently being run in the industry. The practical elements are well planned, delivered and executed.

  26. Jeff Steele

    Excellent Sea Survival course in the quarry – Very realistic with depth of water, open water and equipment used.

  27. Kyle Jones

    The staff members were a great group of people always happy to help and go the extra mile to answer any questions I had.

  28. Daniel Lewis

    Enjoyable, informative and professionally run. Friendly staff and proper training.

  29. Shannon-Leigh Pretorius

    Everything about this course exceeded all expectations. Enjoyed every part of it. All instructors were patient, knowledgeable and great. Amazing atmosphere here. Would definitely recommend to anyone, Don’t want to leave.

  30. Stephanie Davey

    I thought the course was really well put together and overcame some of the practical which at one point I wouldn’t. I met some lovely people.

  31. Ignas Daugalas

    Extremely useful and well organised course, covering basic techniques for emergencies (various) offshore. Instructors were very experienced and passed their knowledge over in the most efficient way.

  32. Andrew Blair

    The friendly, engaging and knowledgeable staff are excellent at teaching everyone and giving all the chance to learn a range of skills – Thank you!

  33. Richard Edwards

    Honestly thought the course was amazing, fun, enjoyable, friendly and learned a lot, not only that but the instructors went above and beyond to make everyone welcome and happy, even offered advice for future careers and offered contact details for further advice down the line, bloody brilliant!

  34. Tudor Sartain

    The staff were very friendly and put us all at ease. Clearly a lot of experience between them, shown in their standard of training. A massive thank you to John, Luc, Jim and Rob and everyone working behind the scenes. Don’t forget Bob with the all important lunch!

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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.