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Seafish Authority Approved
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RYA Approved
UKCS Approved
Edexcel Approved

STCW Basic Safety Training Week

Course Outline

This is the essential training for the commercial maritime industry and we run these courses every week of the year.

Our five day STCW Basic Safety Training package provides the practical skills and knowledge to be certificated for the five mandatory modules of training as laid down in the STCW code, these are:

Content & Objectives

Personal Survival Techniques includes preparation for sea survival, lifejackets and liferafts, principles of survival, raft management and search and rescue.  The course includes a practical in-water session.

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting includes learning the risks of fire & their prevention, use of fire fighting equipment, responding to emergencies and fighting & extinguishing fires.  The course includes extensive practical sessions on our on-site fire fighting facitilites.

Elementary First Aid includes the DRABC of medical emergencies, CPR, recovery, bleeding and hypothermia.

Personal Safety and Social Responsibility includes dealing with emergency procedures, preservation of the marine environment, safe working practices, orders and their relation to shipboard duties, and  human relationships on board ship.

Proficiency in Security Awareness includes an outline of the importance of ship security and the roles of those involved in its provision together with the requirements and measures to maintain ship security and how to recognise and report a security threat.

Learning Mode

The Basic Safety Week takes place over 5 days and is delivered through a combination of theory and hands-on exercises with focus on the practical elements of sea survival, fire fighting and first aid.

Sea survival theory sessions are taught in the dedicated Red Ensign classrooms. The course also comprises a supervised compulsory liferaft launch, inversion and entry as well as individual and group based swimming activities in a secured area in the river in front of our training premises.

Fire fighting uses real smoke, fire and breathing apparatus along with fire hoses and extinguishers in our purpose built fire fighting training facility. Candidates’ competence is assessed through their active participation during the practical session and with a test at the end of the module.

First Aid  is a hand-on course including the use of resuscitation ‘Annies’ and other essential equipment.

PSSR  and Proficiency in Security Awareness are based upon group discussion and experiential scenarios.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course however, due to the physical nature of the exercises, we would advise that you obtain a seaman’s ENG1 medical certificate before attending to ensure that you are fit to take part.  You must be over 18 years of age.


Accommodation is provided onboard the M/V Sea Trident, moored alongside Red Ensign Training in West Cowes. Offered on a full board or B&B basis, cabins with either a shared communal washroom or a shared en-suite (subject to availability). Please check availability by calling us on 01983 294088 or email.


The cost of this course is £780.00 inc VAT.

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Requirements Checklist
  • 18+ Years of Age

    You must be at-least 18 to attend this course

  • Fit to Participate

    Learners must be physically fit as the practical aspects of the training and the physically demanding nature of some of the exercises involving live fires and the use of breathing apparatus. Learners will be required to complete and sign a confidential medical declaration informing us of any health problems that we would have to take into account. We reserve the right to carry out a risk assessment where an individual provides us with doubt of fitness to participate.

  • Your Identification Card

    You must bring an official form of identification, such as your Passport, Discharge Book , Driving Licence or National ID.