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.

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

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.’

Course content

The learner is able to maintain the required standard of competence in survival craft and rescue boats (other than fast rescue boats)

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.

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.