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1 Day
Cowes, Isle of Wight


This one-day course will give all Seafarers intending to go to sea a good understanding of the survival equipment onboard. This course is part of the mandatory STCW Basic Safety Training for Seafarers and is a requirement under the international STCW convention.

Course programme

The course will give anybody wishing to sail offshore an understanding of how to evacuate your vessel in an emergency. This course is also accepted by the RYA as a pre-requisite for commercial endorsement for Powerboat Level 2, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean Certificates of Competence.

The course is divided into two sections: in the morning you are based in our classroom learning the theory of survival and getting to know the different types of equipment onboard. The afternoon is spent in a swimming pool where we show you how to use a life raft and techniques to help survival at sea.


  • Safety equipment, training and certification

Dates & pricing

Sorry, there are currently no dates scheduled for this course.

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

There are no formal pre-course requirements but you must be 17 to enrol onto this course. The Sea Survival Course is physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness. We recommend that all customers complete an ENG1 medical or equivalent medical before enrolling onto this course. If you have concerns over your fitness then please contact Flying Fish.

Full itinerary

AM – Classroom based session

  • Principals of survival
  • Cold water shock
  • Equipment used onboard
  • Different types of life raft/boat
  • Safety equipment, including life jackets
  • E.P.I.R.Bs
  • Use of flares
  • Survival suits and TPA’s
  • Helicopter rescue techniques

PM – practical wet drill in the swimming pool

  • Donning a life jacket
  • Jumping from a height
  • Survival techniques
  • Launching and boarding the life raft
  • Righting a life raft

Related courses

You should combine this course with STCW Elementary Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Proficiency in Security Awareness and Elementary First Aid – or search again for STCW Basic Safety Training which covers all these subjects.