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

STCW'95 Training News

STCW'95 Training News (2)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 21:42

Sea survival pool drills

STCW 95 Sea Survival - Student make a Human Raft STCW 95 Personal Survival Techniques - Water Entry From A Height STCW 95 Sea Survival - A Student prepares a casualty for entering a liferaft
STCW 95 Sea Survival - A Student assists a casualty into a liferaft STCW 95 Sea Survival  - A Student brings a casualty on board a liferaft STCW 95 Sea Survival - A Student prepares to right an upturned liferaft
STCW95 Sea Survival  - A Student begins to right an upturned liferaft STCW95 Sea Survival - A Student righting the liferaft, mid-manoeuvre STCW95 Sea Survival - A Student turns the liferaft upright

We use the dive pool at the Plymouth Life Centre, as used for training by local olympic diver Tom Daley. During this session you will carry out a practical wet drill, including liferaft launching, boarding dry and wet, jumping from the poolside and diving board, methods to increase chances of survival once in the water, helping injured persons, raft capsize drill and final abandonment exercises.

Monday, 16 June 2014 21:41

STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments)

New updating training course requirements are being introduced for all STCW certificate holders to comply with STCW 2010 requirements. The following courses that WMT run are subject to updated training:

• Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques

• Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

Under the new regulations, updated proficiency training for the above courses has to be undertaken every five years. Seafarers revalidating their UK Certification of Competency after 1 January 2017 will be required to submit documentary evidence of having completed MCA approved updated proficiency training with the last five years.

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