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1 Day
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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This one-day course will give all seafarers the essential education and training in personal survival. This course forms part of the STCW Basic Safety Training course, which is mandatory for all seafarers working on commercial vessels.

Course programme:

The course is divided into two sections: The first half of the day is classroom-based 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 survive at sea.

What’s covered:

  • Main types of maritime emergencies
  • Survival equipment used during a maritime emergency
  • Principals of survival during such emergencies
  • How to abandon ship during an emergency
  • How to be able to survive in the water
  • How to use a survival craft during an emergency


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 on this course.

You don’t have to be able to swim to complete this course

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


Customers will be asked to complete a short assessment and complete practical exercises to be issued with the STCW Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques certificate.


  • Safety equipment, training and certification

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Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

There are no formal pre-course requirements but you must be 18 to enroll on this course.



Full itinerary

AM – Classroom-based session

  • Principals of survival
  • Life-saving appliances
  • Equipment used
  • Different types of life raft/boat
  • Safety equipment, including life jackets
  • E.P.I.R.Bs
  • Use of flares
  • Survival suits and TPA’s

PM – practical wet drill in the swimming pool

  • Donning a life jacket
  • Jumping from a height
  • Swimming while wearing a life jacket
  • Right an inverted life raft while wearing a life jacket
  • Keep afloat without a life jacket
  • Boarding a life raft from the water
  • Group exercise

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.