All crew joining a commercial vessel must complete the STCW Basic Safety Training Course. This course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to respond effectively to emergencies onboard and ensure the safety of the passengers and the vessel.

If you are about to start working as a crew member on a Superyacht, a merchant, fisherman, passenger, cruise ship, or workboat, you will likely require STCW Basic Safety Training before you step onboard.

What does the course cover?

This course covers four mandatory elements plus Security Awareness.

  1. Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (A-VI/1-2)
  2. Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (A-VI/1-4)
  3. Sea Survival Techniques (AVI/1-1)
  4. Elementary First Aid (A-VI/1-3)
  5. Proficiency in Security Awareness (A-VI/1-6)

Training is split between classroom sessions and practical, hands-on skills and practical exercises. You will learn how to use the safety equipment onboard a vessel, from breathing apparatus to life rafts.

Upon successful completion of the STCW Basic Safety Course, you will receive your STCW certificates demonstrating competency in these essential skills. This certificate is usually required for employment in the maritime industry.


Almost all customers choose our accommodation option. Flying Fish crew houses in Cowes are comfortable and centrally located—just a 5-minute walk to the town and our training centre. You can mix and socialise with other people on the course who, like you, will start a career in the Superyacht industry.

Please select the accommodation option below if you want to stay with us.

Interested in starting a career on a Superyacht?

As well as the STCW course, you will need additional skills to become a competent Deckhand of Stewardess. If working on a Superyacht is your goal, we recommend our Superyacht Deckhand or Stewardess course. Some of the additional skills include:

  • RYA Powerboat level two, required to drive Superyacht tenders.
  • Bespoke Stewardess or Deckhand-specific training course.
  • Career support service. We will allocate you with a mentor who will support you in writing your yachting CV and provide career and industry guidance.

MCA Training Centre

Flying Fish is an approved MCA training provider.


STCW Basic Safety Training Course
STCW Fire Fighting Course
STCW Sea survival course
STCW course

Key facts

What our previous customers have to say

What an absolute honour and pleasure it was being a part of Flying Fish family for the 2 weeks I completed with them! From the professional, helpful and attentive staff to fun, laughter and memories.

Monika B

Staff are amazing and so kind! Great course and great accommodation. Lovely location and an all round great friendly atmosphere.

Ossia M

Book STCW Basic Safety Training Course today!

Finance options available

Contact us for more information, about financing your career, or click on the icon below, and we will contact you.

If you prefer to pay by card, choose a start date, then review your booking.


6 day(s)


Cowes, Isle of Wight


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Still not sure?

From training to career advise we’ll be happy to sit down and give you the guidance you need!

If you are new to the Maritime industry and don’t have experience working on Superyachts, then you will benefit by gaining extra knowledge to stay above the rest.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 is a legal requirement to drive the yacht tenders so, for Deckhands, this is a must.

Along with our STCW Course, those looking to gain more experience and get that edge, we recommend our Superyacht Deckhand or Steward/ess courses.

Superyacht Deckhand Course

Superyacht Deckhand Course

Our most popular course. Provides all the skills you need to work as a Deckhand. Includes STCW.

15 day(s)



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Become a Superyacht Stewardess

Superyacht Stewardess Course

This course is the right choice for anybody looking to become a Steward/Stewardess. Includes STCW.

15 day(s)



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RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

Join our RYA Powerboat Level 2, learn a new skill, and have fun on the water.

2 day(s)



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