Prerequisites: None

Duration: 5 Days (0900hrs – 1700hrs Daily)

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

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

Certification validity: 5 years

Certification: Upon successful completion candidates will receive MCA approved certificates in the following

  • Elementary First Aid
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness


What is the Basic Safety Training Week?

Our STCW Course – Basic safety training conforms to the STCW 2010 Manila amendments.

The 5 day Basic Safety Training week 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 in an emergency. Basic Safety Training is an ideal course for anyone looking for basic safety training at a recreational level or those wishing to make a career at sea.

The five STCW Safety Training courses below make up the mandatory STCW familiarisation and basic safety training requirements for all seafarers. These are traditionally booked as a complete package, however can be booked as individual modules if required.

Elementary First Aid
Personal Survival Techniques
Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting!
Proficiency in Security Awareness 

This is in accordance with the STCW 2010 Manila amendments and became mandatory on the 1st of January 2014 for all seafarers that did not have specific 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 Basic Safety Training Week are a requirement for commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean that are working towards the MCA STCW Master Yacht 200 Tonnes (OOW 500 tonnes). The Basic Safety Training requirements covered under the STCW Code are also required by Masters and deck officers in commercial vessels over 24m in length and less than 500GT.

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.

This course contains some exercises that are physically demanding. Any candidate unsure of their fitness for such activities should consult their doctor.

 Course content

Our STCW Basic Safety Training 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.

Elementary First Aid

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 Survival Techniques

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

Personal Safety and Social Responsibility

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.

Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention

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.

Proficiency in Security Awareness

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.

There is a wide range of local accommodation, some of which are within walking distance of the training centre to suit everyone’s budget.

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 STCW-95 code was introduced to set minimum international training standards for professional mariners.

Why do I have to complete STCW-95 Basic Safety Training?

It is a statutory requirement to have completed the STCW-95 Basic Training so you are aware of safety procedures that will keep yourself, your crew members and passengers safe.

How will a STCW-95 course help my career progression?

This depends on what direction you want to take your yachting career. With a STCW-95 certificate you will have the options to work on super yachts, wind farms, private yacht charter, flotilla and deliveries all over 24m.

What will STCW-95 Basic Safety Training enable me to do?

Although it is a safety requirement to hold a STCW-95 course certificate 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.

What does STCW-95 Basic Safety Training contain?

STCW-95 Basic Training consists of four modules; personal survival techniques, fire prevention and fire fighting, elementary first aid, personal safety and social responsibility.

At South West Maritime Academy the STCW-95 course takes five days to complete. You can book onto the full course or individual modules, but please be aware that you need to complete all four modules to get your STCW-95 Basic Training certificate. This however sometimes differs dependent on your role i.e although recommended to complete all four modules marine surveyors and others may only require the STCW-95 Personal Survival Techniques module otherwise known as Sea Survival.

Should I have a STCW-95 certificate although I already hold yachting qualifications?

Having a STCW-95 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 STCW-95 Basic Safety Training?

You can book onto STCW-95 Basic Training at Beyond Limits by registering using the link below or through our online booking tab at the top of the page. You can book onto separate modules or the full course for a discounted rate.