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Cowes, Isle Of Wight
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Proficiency in Designated Security Duties course is for crew who are required to perform a security related duty on-board a ship or superyacht. The one-day, MCA approved course provides the essential training to enable you to perform you role on-board.

Security related training

Under Chapter X1-2 of SOLAS (Safety or Lives at Sea) requires that all vessels over 500 gross tonnes (around 50 meters) are to comply with the I.S.P.S code which means vessels must maintain adequate security on-board at all times. To satisfy the requirements, vessels produce a ship security plan outlining what measures the ship will take to minimise the risk of unauthorised persons getting on-board. The ship security plan will involve having a number of trained crew on-board that are able to perform the security duties outlined within the plan.

Those crew will need to complete this Proficiency in Designated Security Duties Course, to familiarise themselves with the roles and responsibilities on-board.

Starting a career at Sea

If you are about to start a career at sea then we recommend that you complete this one day course qualifying you to undertake security related duties on-board your ship or superyacht. This is a great qualification to add to your CV.

The Proficiency in Security Duties course is included as part of our Superyacht Deckhand course.

This course is mandatory for anybody engaged in armed or unarmed maritime security work on-board commercial ships or superyachts.



  • MCA approved certificate.
  • Course notes.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
12/06/2018 12/06/2018 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Price £150
Full payment needed
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Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

None. However, you must be 18 years old to enrol on this course.

Full itinerary

The course starts at 08:30 and will finish at 17:30. The course is classroom based with team exercises and scenarios that you will work through based on likely events. During the day you your instructor will cover the following:

  • Overview of maritime security, terms, piracy and armed robbery.
  • Maritime security policy, who is responsible and other roles on-board.
  • Security levels and procedures on-board.
  • Security reporting procedures.
  • Requirements for mandatory drills and exercises.
  • The ship security plan and how it is implemented.
  • Security documentation and the Declaration of Security.
  • Group exercises.
  • Recognition of potential security threats, weapons and hazardous substances.
  • Security equipment.

Related courses

If you are starting a new career then you will need to complete your STCW Basic Safety Training course, mandatory for anybody wishing to work at sea.