All crew joining a commercial vessel must complete STCW Basic Safety Training Course. This STCW course is mandatory for new crew joining a vessel. The course teaches the skills to handle emergencies onboard.
What does the course cover?
This course covers five mandatory elements plus Security Awareness, introduced in 2014.
- Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (A-VI/1-2)
- Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (A-VI/1-4)
- Proficiency in Security Awareness (A-VI/1-6)
- Sea Survival Techniques (AVI/1-1)
- Elementary First Aid (A-VI/1-3)
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.
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.
Are you looking to start 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:
- The STCW course.
- Powerboat level two.
- Bespoke Stewardess or Deckhand specific training course.
- Career support service. Everything from CV mentors to tax advice.
STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping. Introduced by the IMO in 1978, this international treaty sets the minimum standards for training, certification, and watchkeeping duties for Seafarers.
They amended the treaty in 1995, and again in 2010.
STCW Basic Safety training is sometimes known as STCW 95 or STCW 2010.
Flying Fish UK is an approved MCA training provider. The course complies with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW code.
As well as STCW, all crew who work on a commercial vessel, including Superyachts, must hold an ENG1 Medical.
We recommend you complete the ENG1 Medical before the start of the course, as it confirms you are fit to go to sea. However, it is not a booking condition so you can book your course without it.
There are no formal pre-course requirements, but you must be 18 or over to enrol on this course.
Fire Fighting and Personal Survival are physically demanding and require a good fitness level.
We recommend that all customers complete an ENG1 medical or equivalent medical before enrolling on this course. If you have concerns about your fitness, then please get in touch with Flying Fish.
For successful completion, 100% attendance is required, and students are expected to participate in all parts of the course.
This course is delivered in English therefore, you must understand spoken and written English to pass any verbal or written course assessments.
The STCW Basic Safety Training Course will include a written and practical assessment. Customers will be awarded a certificate on successful completion of all assessments.
The STCW Basic Safety Training course comprises classroom-based theory sessions and practical training exercises. This course is fun, action-packed, and a very enjoyable five and a half days. The itinerary is as follows:
Lunchtime course briefing at our training centre in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Monday PM – Wednesday
This practical 2.5-day course gives you the knowledge and skills needed to use firefighting equipment, fire extinguishers, and breathing apparatus to reduce a fire to a safe and controlled state.
0.5-day basic induction into accident prevention and health and safety issues onboard ships.
0.5-day compulsory training module for all crew members employed on ships required to comply with the ISPS Code.
Develop your understanding of the survival equipment onboard and how to evacuate your vessel in an emergency. The morning is classroom based. The afternoon is a practical session in a swimming pool where we’ll show you how to use a liferaft.
Learn to identify life-threatening conditions, perform CPR, recognise hypothermia, and be better prepared to help a casualty in an onboard emergency.
The course finishes around 16:30 on Saturday.
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.
Staff are amazing and so kind! Great course and great accommodation. Lovely location and an all round great friendly atmosphere.
Book STCW Basic Safety Training Course today!
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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.