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Cowes, Isle of Wight
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STCW Basic Safety Training Course is a requirement for all crew who want to work at sea on all commercial vessels, including cruise ships, ferries, and Superyachts.

What does STCW mean?

STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping. STCW Basic Safety Training was introduced as Governments around the world formally agreed to standardise training around the world. STCW was introduced in 1978, amended in 1995, and again in 2010.

If you would like to know more about STCW then have a read of our dedicated what is STCW blog!

Flying Fish is recognised by the MCA to deliver the STCW 2010 Basic Safety Training course. The course complies with Section A-VI/1 of the STCW code

What does the STCW Basic Safety Training Course include?

This course covers the 5 elements that makeup STCW 2010. These include:

  1. Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
  2. Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR)
  3. Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)
  4. Sea Survival
  5. Elementary First Aid

Most of the training is practical, with lots of hands-on experience and practical exercises. You will learn a lot of new skills, have a great time and at the end of the week have the knowledge and practical experience to respond to an emergency onboard.

How long is the STCW course?

The STCW Basic Safety Training course is six days. Our course starts on a Monday and finishes on Saturday. Please see below for dates and availability.

Where can I stay during the course?

Our STCW course takes place in Cowes, on the Isle of wight. If you choose our accommodation option, then you will stay in one of our crew houses in Cowes, comfortable and centrally located, only a 2-minute walk to the town and our training centre.

I’m new to the Superyacht industry… are there any other courses I can take?

If you are wanting to work on Superyachts but have little yachting experience, you may want to consider getting more experience by joining our Superyacht Deckhand or Steward/ess Course.


  • All safety equipment, publications, and certification.
  • Transport to and from training locations.

Dates & pricing

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

There are no formal pre-course requirements but you must be aged 18 or over to enrol on this course.

Fire Fighting and Personal Survival are physically demanding and require a good level of fitness. We recommend that all customers complete an ENG1 medical or equivalent medical before enrolling on this course. If you have concerns over your fitness then please contact Flying Fish.

For successful completion, 100% attendance is required and students are expected to actively participate in all elements of the course.

Full itinerary

The STCW Basic Safety Training course is made up of classroom-based theory sessions and practical training exercises. This course is fun, action-packed, and a very enjoyable six days. The itinerary is as follows:

Monday AM

Course briefing at our training centre in Cowes.

Monday PM – Wednesday

STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW A-VI/1-2)

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.


STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (STCW A-VI/1-4)

A basic induction into accident prevention and health and safety issues onboard ships.

STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6-1)

This is a compulsory training module for all crew members employed on ships required to comply with the ISPS Code.


STCW Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1)

Develop your understanding of the survival equipment onboard and how to evacuate your vessel in an emergency. For this part of the course, you’ll spend the morning in our classroom looking at the equipment, then the afternoon is a practical session in a swimming pool where we’ll show you how to use that equipment.


STCW Elementary First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3)

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.

Ready to book your place on our STCW Basic Safety Training Course?

Take a look at our availability and complete our booking form to secure your spot on your preferred course dates today – and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Cowes very soon!

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Related courses

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.