Prerequisites: Updating training is to be undertaken, in line with the above regulations, by seafarers holding a proficiency in fast rescue boats certificate and who have maintained the required standard of competence, by onboard training and experience, for all competencies listed in the self-declaration form. Seafarers must sign the self-declaration form as a pre-requisite to the reduced hours entry route of the MCA approved updating course.

Certification validity: 5 years

Certification: Certificate Of Updated Proficiency In Fast Rescue Boats

Duration: 8 Hours

Cost: £250 (Please note all prices include vat @20%)

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


Our Updated Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats course  conforms to the STCW 2010 Manila amendments.

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

What is the Updated Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats course and who requires it?

Section A-VI/2 of STCW (paragraph 11) states that ‘Seafarers qualified in accordance with paragraph 10 in fast rescue boats shall be required, every five years, to provide evidence of having maintained the required standard of competence, to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities listed in column 1 of table A VI/2-2.

Course Content

Outcome 1
The learner is able to take charge of launching and recovery of a fast rescue boat.

Learning objectives:

1. Explain the construction, outfitting and routine maintenance procedures for FRB and measures for contingency repairs.
2. Take charge of FRB during launch and recovery including crew and self PPE, engine and related equipment checks and any additional safety precautions required.
3. Act as the Coxswain of FRB for launch and recovery procedures and brief crew for recovery duties.
4. Handle FRB in prevailing weather and sea conditions.
5. Use communication and signalling equipment between FRB and simulated helicopter or ship.
6. Carry out search patterns, taking account of environmental factors.
7. Use the emergency equipment fitted, recover a simulated casualty from the water and effect their safe transfer to a place of safety.

Outcome 2

The learner knows how to prevent and manage capsize situations.

Learning objectives:

1. Identify the dangers and causes of FRB capsize including prudent handling to prevent capsize.
2. Describe procedures to follow in event of capsize.
3. Swim in personal protective equipment appropriate to FRB operations.
4. Explain actions to take in order to recover the operational capability of crew and craft, including righting procedures.
5. Describe actions by coxswain and crew following capsize.
6. Undertake water-borne capsize of FRB in controlled environment.
7. Carry out post capsize procedures, including righting of FRB whilst swimming in special equipment.
8. Re-board FRB and establish control of craft and available equipment.

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.