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:

02nd May 2019, 23rd May 2019, 20th June 2019, 11th July 2019, 01st August 2019, 22nd August 2019, 12th September 2019, 03rd October 2019, 31st October 2019, 28th November 2019, 19th December 2019, 30th January 2020, 27th February 2020, 12 March 2020, 02 April 2020, 23 April 2020, 14 May 2020, 04 June 2020, 25 June 2020, 16 July 2020, 27 Aug 2020, 17 Sept 2020, 15 Oct 2020, 12 Nov 2020, 17 Dec 2020

17 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!

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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

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.

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