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STCW95 Basic Safety Training

STCW95 Basic Safety Training certificates are a requirement for anyone working on every vessel over 24 metres.

The international convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW) sets the international legal minimum standards for those working at sea. It ensures that a mariner meets a set of specific safety requirements.

STCW Basic Safety Training is a compulsory qualification for crew working on Superyachts and all vessels over 24 metres long. The course covers all the elements for a basic understanding of staying safe at sea. It also offers practical, safe examples to help individuals learn how to handle different types of emergencies at sea.

The STCW95 course covers:

  • Elementary first aid
  • Personal survival techniques
  • Personal safety and social responsibilities
  • Fire prevention and fire fighting
  • Security awareness.

Who is it for?

STCW Basic Safety training is for anyone who is embarking on a career in the yachting industry, seeking employment, or is currently working on board a vessel larger than 24 metres in length.

What to expect

Experience isn’t required as the course is designed for beginners. It includes practical experience tackling different types of fires and basic swimming (sea survival techniques will be taught in a pool environment; expect to spend two hours in the swimming pool).

The full STCW course runs for five days, though this can be broken down as the elements are available individually, if required. Training is not intensive and is marked by continual assessment, not an end of course exam.


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