STCW Training

STCW 95 Basic Training

The 1978 STCW convention governs maritime training and certification worldwide and clearly sets out the training requirements for seafarers at every level.

The convention was updated in 1995 and again in 2010 (The Manila Amendments). The latest amendments mean that you now need to keep some of your qualifications updated. The updating training, which needs to be completed every 5 years, may be done in house or on board for certain courses, but for others it means re-taking the course. All of our STCW courses meet the initial and updating requirements where appropriate.

STCW Basic Safety  & Security Training

Before going to sea you must have a certain level of basic safety training whether or not you are directly involved in the running of the ship. The courses required are;

Additionally, if you are serving on a vessel governed by the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, you will need

Unless you have any kind of role in the security of the ship, in which case you need

  • STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

It should be noted that many vessels opt to voluntarily follow the ISPS code, particularly superyachts.

Advanced STCW Safety Training

For higher level certificates you need additional qualifications. The available courses aremedical care

  • STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats – Needs Updating
  • STCW Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats – Needs Updating
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical Care – Needs Updating
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting – Needs Updating

Bridge Operations

The STCW convention also states that if you are involved in watchkeeping in any capacity, that you should have one or more of the following management and navigation certificates;helm o

Updating Training

The following STCW Courses need to be updated. If you work for a company with in-house training facilities, some of your updating training can be on board and can be self-certified. The company can then provide you with a shorter course as per the table below. The table also contains links to the self-certification forms where applicable.

If you do not fall into this category, you simply re-take the whole course at an approved training centre.

STCW Proficiency On-board Training Course length to attend Self Declaration Form
Personal Survival Techniques Yes 4 Hours MSN 1865 Annex B
No Full PST Course
Survival Craft and Rescue boats Yes 3 Hours MSN 1865 Annex C
No 7 Hours
Fast Rescue Boats Yes 4 Hours MSN 1865 Annex D
No 7 Hours
Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting Not Applicable 7 Hours Not Applicable
Advanced Fire Fighting Yes 4 Hours MSN 1865 Annex E
No 7 Hours
Proficiency in Medical Care Not Applicable 3 Days Not Applicable

Privacy Policy

Western Maritime Training Privacy Policy

General Data Protection Regulation 

This Privacy Policy sets out how Western Maritime Training uses and protects any information that you to give to us when you use this website. It is compliant with the General Data and Protection Regulation requirements.

Western Maritime is Training committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using our website or speaking to us personally; you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

ATP Western Maritime Training process personal information that is necessary for the issue of approved certificates to comply with our obligations as an MCA approved training provider and under the requirements of STCW.

Your Rights

This Privacy Policy indicates your right to be informed of the data we collect regarding you. You have a right to access that information at any time without charge and to request changes to the data we hold about you if you think it is incorrect.

In certain circumstances you have the right to object to information, request erasure of information or request amendment of information we hold; but only if that information is not deemed to be a legal requirement and to be held by us by law or if the data is fundamentally incorrect. Your information is only held by us and the legal authorities that we operate under.

You can request a list of the data we hold regarding you by telephoning 01752 770589 or by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In either case you will be expected to be able to pass security identification before progressing. If you request a data list, data alteration or data deletion we will respond to you within 30 days with a response detailing our actions. Where a change of information held is made, we will also notify the legal awarding bodies of our actions (if appropriate) and request them to alter the records held by them about you. However, we advise that you check with these Authorities as any actions they take or do not take are out of our control. There is no charge for this facility.

Data held by us will be given to you on request within 30 days in a list format. This does not include the issuance of duplicate certification. We will make a small charge for providing duplicate certification.

We will, on your request, forward your records list to a destination of your choice but in all instance a copy of this will be sent to your contact or email address we hold on record as well. We most instances, we will still be required by law keep the data we forward to you.

Your data is only held by us and never given to third parties outside of our legal obligation to do so. It will never be used as any part of any decision-making process about you or used as a profiling tool regarding you.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • Name and date of birth
  • Contact information including email address
  • Demographic information such as postcode, resident address or c/o address
  • Training course history, attendance history, examination records, and personal identifying data such as National insurance numbers.

Please note: We do NOT hold any financial information such as account details, sort codes, account names, credit or debit card details, or any other method of payment. Payments via these methods are transferred through our very secure online payment system and are invisible to us. Payment details given to us over the telephone are only used to input the required information to the secure payment system and are invisible to us after the transaction process is completed.

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information by law to satisfy us or Governmental bodies or other Authorities that the certification held by individuals or companies on behalf of individuals is legitimate. It also helps Port Authorities to detect fraudulent activities.

It also provides you with a better service, in that it assists us in being able to identify you properly should you require certification assistance or other record information, particularly for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may periodically send promotional email or letters about training, which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. You can opt out of this facility if you wish when booking online or by telephoning us on +441752 770589 or by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for official maritime market research purposes. We may contact you by email or letter (not phone) and you can opt out of this if you wish by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • In cases where we need to contact you urgently, for example in the event of accident, course cancellation or urgent record clarification we may contact you by phone or email.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. To prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online, take over the phone or hold in our databases.

 How we use cookies

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We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes which is anonymous, and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over the other website. We cannot, therefore, be held responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the use of your personal information in the following way:

  • If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by contacting us on +44 1752 770589 or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and we will remove you from our contact list.
  • We will never sell, distribute, lease or in any other way give your personal information to any third parties that are not entitled to view it in law.
  • Training records and associated information are held on an individual basis and NOT a company basis. If your company wants or needs access to your information this must be initiated by you, the individual and you must be able to pass our security questioning.

 Record updating and issuance

We will automatically update your records and ensure accurately maintain your records.

Some certification issued by us in the past may not be held on our records. If you think this is the case, please send us copies of your certification and we will verify it and place it on your record free of charge.

We reserve the right to make a small charge for the replacement of lost or mislaid certification.

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