Seafarers who have six months or more sea service prior to 1 August 1998 and were exempt from basic safety courses;

Seafarers who have a certificate of proficiency in personal survival techniques and who have maintained the required standard of competence by onboard training and experience for all competences listed in the self declaration form. NB – certificates of proficiency issued under the authority of other administrations will be acceptable.

Certificate validity: 5 years as per the STCW 2010 Manilla Amanedments

Certification: Certificate of Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques

Duration: 1 Day (0900hrs – 1700hrs)

Cost: £168.00inc vat (Please note all prices include vat @20%)

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


Our STCW Course – Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques conforms to the STCW 2010 Manila amendments.

Who is required to complete the updated proficiency in personal survival techniques?

Section A-VI/1 of STCW (paragraph 3) states that ‘Seafarers qualified in accordance with paragraph 2 in basic training 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/1-1.’

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 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).

Course Content

  • Outcome

    The learner is able to maintain the required standard of competence in personal survival techniques (PST).

    Learning objectives

    1. Correctly don and use an immersion suit.
    2. Jump from a height into the water*.
    3. Swim while wearing a life jacket.
    4. Right an inverted life raft while wearing a life jacket.
    5. Keep afloat without a life jacket.
    6. Board a survival craft from the water when wearing a life jacket.

Practical instruction will include

  • Donning a life jacket
  • Donning and use an immersion suit
  • Safely jumping from a height into the water
  • Righting an inverted life raft while wearing a life jacket
  • Swimming while wearing a life jacket
  • Keeping afloat
  • Boarding a liferaft from ship and water while wearing a life jacket
  • Taking initial actions on boarding a liferaft to enhance chance of survival
  • Streaming a drogue or sea anchor
  • Operating location devices, including radio equipment

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

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.