Prerequisites: Updating training is to be undertaken, in line with the above regulations, by seafarers holding a proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats (other than fast rescue boats) certificate, or equivalent*, and who have maintained the required standard of competence, by onboard training and experience, for all competencies listed in the self-declaration form.

*Equivalent certification includes ‘Proficiency in Survival Craft’ and the ‘MNTB Life Boat Certificate’.

Seafarers who hold the Advanced Sea Survival qualification may complete this course and will be issued with a certificate restricted for those serving on vessels without davit launched lifeboat systems. More information on this route can be found here.

Duration: 1 Day (0900hrs – 1700hrs)

Cost: £200.00 inc vat (Please note all prices include vat @20%)

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

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

Certification: Upon successful completion you will be awarded a certificate in STCW Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other than Fast Rescue Boats)

Our STCW Update Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than fast rescue boats) course conforms to the STCW 2010 Manila amendments.

STCW Basic Safety Training

Who is required to complete the Proficiency in survival and rescue boats (other than fast rescue craft) updating training?

Section A-VI/2 of STCW (paragraph 5) states that ‘Seafarers qualified in accordance with paragraph 4 in survival craft and rescue boats other than 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/2-1.’

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


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Course dates:

22nd October 2020, 12th November 2020, 20th November 2020, 24th November 2020, 26th November 2020, 17th December 2020, 14th January 2021, 28th January 2021, 11th February 2021, 25th February 2021, 11th March 2021, 25th March 2021, 15th April 2021, 29th April 2021, 13th May 2021, 27th May 2021, 10th June 2021, 24th June 2021, 15th July 2021, 29th July 2021, 12th August 2021, 26th August 2021, 9th September 2021, 30th September 2021, 14th October 2021, 28th October 2021, 11th November 2021, 25th November 2021, 9th December 2021

48 reviews for Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats

  1. Soaje Ignacio

    Great instructors and refreshed the techniques with real equipment is very important for the safety and proper way to make our job.

  2. Kerry

    I learnt tons, much more than I expected, considering it’s a refresher course. Hands down better than my last STCW. Will recommend to all yachty fellows

  3. Gilad Shub

    Very professional, able to answer all questions in depth. Good delivery and high level of equipment. Highly recommended for all sea goers.

  4. Jonathan Smith

    Very friendly staff, will be back for other courses.

  5. John Fisher

    Concise well covered all aspects, pleasant surroundings, would recommend to others

  6. Alan Faulkner

    Very happy to have found you, I will be back for any courses in the future.

  7. Alex Katsaros

    Excellent course with an excellent instructor -Simple as that! Thank you.

  8. A Macdonald

    Knowledgeable instructors, enjoyable day.

  9. Hamish Mackenzie

    Experienced, knowledgeable, practical and happy to go into detail. Will recommend the Academy to anyone.

  10. Tobias Titley

    The course given was straight forward talking. Clear and concise.

  11. Steven Rendell

    Well instructed course overall, instructor came across well.

  12. Allyn Lewis

    Fourth time at Beyond Limits/ South West Maritime Academy, will be back for more in the future.

  13. Nick Andain

    Great course freezing weather added authenticity.

  14. Christopher Carr

    Very well taught course, good mix of classroom and practical teaching. Would highly recommend

  15. Rhiannon Pritchard

    Really enjoyed both courses this week. Instructors were knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend SWMA.

  16. Alexandra Booth

    Good course, good location

  17. Gary C.

    Very good all around.
    Will be back!

  18. Nigel Page

    A very good instructor with a good knowledge of subject and put across in a clear and consistent way.

  19. Peter Gross

    Very good layout and pace of instruction

  20. Martin Rodea

    Instructors were clear and professional and had extensive knowledge.
    Very good to keep this important knowledge fresh in your mind

  21. S.Clarke

    Very Good.

  22. S.Ashdown

    A good PSCRB refresher, very well taught.

  23. Michael Brown

    Instructors were very knowledgeable, course taught in a very friendly style. Good course, well instructed.

  24. A Wilts

    Everything we needed was covered – Excellent!

  25. Alan Wilson

    The course was done in a good friendly manner, really enjoyed the day

  26. Clive Nimmo-Williams

    Good teaching methods, very friendly and approachable. Content was not overwhelming and covered everything we needed to know. Good Day, Thanks 🙂

  27. M W Moore

    Excellent Course, Very professional. Luc excellent.

  28. Mark Sinclair

    Really good course, pitched at us as professional seamen. Good value + Informative

  29. Matt Mathews

    Fantastic course, tutor and facilities. Thanks very much!

  30. Danny Layer

    Very clear instruction given throughout course, covered everything. Spot on.

  31. Simon Neale

    A course delivered excellently by Luc. Just as important as content is how its delivered. It’s my first time at South West Maritime Academy. I’ll be back later in the year to do the rest. Great instructor, great location, Great equipment.

  32. Oliver Watkins

    Great facility for the course, easy to get to for the South West area. Would recommend to anyone in the area.

  33. Steve French

    All very good, high standard. Informative and at a good pace for all students.

  34. Darren Lavery

    Professional staff, good PPE & equipment, buildings etc.

  35. Guy Pritchard

    Good location, nowhere else in this part of the country. friendly staff. Will do all my certificates here in future.

  36. Ian Smith

    A very well structured course.

  37. Mairin Hunter

    Great refresher
    Clear & concise with all necessary information conveyed

  38. Rhys Hopkins

    Excellent Instruction. Good course content. Engaging.

  39. Matthew Bartlett

    Very informative and covered all expected areas and more.

  40. Matthew Taylor

    Instructors are very friendly and happy to stop and clarify any points raised by students. Very approachable. Took a genuine interest in us.
    Great staff and good facilities. Highly recommend!

  41. Joshua Wilks

    Well thought out training and helpful in refreshing techniques and understanding. Instructors were thorough and teaching was concise. Friendly, and calm and good pace of teaching

  42. Ryan Carter

    Great location & realistic ambitions

  43. Ian George

    Fantastic location. Very well layed out facilities. Calming practices.

  44. Andrew V.

    I enjoyed the mix of classroom to practical ratio.
    The practical training gave me complete knowledge of all roles involved in the launch and recovery of survival crafts.
    It was taught in a logical way.

  45. Laurence D

    The course is well structured and well delivered. All participants given ample time to ask questions and understand all aspects of the course.

  46. William L.

    Clear informative teaching, kept course content interesting, questions all answered and spoken to individually.
    Excellent facility with good instructors, highly recommend.

  47. JPH

    Great course delivered with humour and seriousness, good balance of theory and practical, Thanks!

  48. Allan W

    Training in the quarry was much more realistic with regards to appreciating the elements than versus in the swimming pool.

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Learning objectives

1. Identify the dangers associated with the use of off-load and on-load release devices,including:
i. The difference between ‘off-load’ and ‘on-load’ release equipment;
ii. The importance of ensuring lifeboat is water-borne before release from falls;
iii. Identification and explanation of hydrostatic interlocks used in on-load release systems and their correct operation.

2. Demonstrate the correct operation of off-load and on-load release devices, including the correct resetting of both types of release device.

3. Identify and explain the correct operation of Fall Prevention/Secondary Safety Devices or their equivalent.

4. Safely operate a survival craft engine, including:
i. Pre-start preparations and checks;
ii. Start, stop and safely operate survival craft engine;
iii. Cold starting procedures;
iv. Basic fault finding or possible problems if the engine fails to start.

5. Safely take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during and after launch including
i. Interpret and explain the markings on survival craft as to the number of persons they are
intended to carry;
ii. Give the correct commands for launching and boarding survival craft, clearing the ship and handling and disembarking persons from survival craft;
iii. Prepare and safely launch survival craft and clear the ship’s side quickly;
iv. Safely recover survival craft and rescue boats.

6. Safely manage survivors and survival craft after abandoning ship including:
i. Operate a survival craft using oars and power and steer the craft on a compass course;
ii. Use individual items of equipment of survival crafts.

7. Rig and use locating devices including communication and signalling apparatus and pyrotechnics:
i. Radio life-saving appliances, including EPIRBs, hand held radios (including those
equipped with air band frequencies where appropriate) and radar transponders (SARTs)
Use and choice of communication equipment should be appropriate to the prevailing
circumstances and conditions;
ii. Identify how best to use survival craft location aids, including pyrotechnic distress signals
and radar reflectors.

8. Apply first aid to survivors, including:
i. Describe the use of items in the first aid kit;
ii. Demonstrate resuscitation techniques.

9. Describe the management of injured persons, including:
i. Dealing with injured persons in a survival craft during and after abandonment, covering
casualty handling and management of conditions such as control of bleeding and shock;
ii. Drowning and dealing with prevention, effects and treatment of hypothermia;
iii. Personal protection, and demonstration of immersion suits and thermal protective aids;
iv. Cold weather injuries, covering frostbite, immersion foot;
v. Warm weather injuries, covering sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke;
vi. Effects of seasickness and dehydration.

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Please contact us if you require any further information about this course or wish to book on behalf of a company:

Telephone: 01454 260130

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