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4 Days
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Under the STCW code, all seafarers must refresh practical skills covered in Personal Survival and Fire Fighting every five years.

While working onboard you will be involved in fire fighting and evacuation drills however, it is unlikely that seafarers have the opportunity to board a life raft or tackle a real fire. Our STCW refresher course allows seafarers to practice key skills not covered during onboard drills.

Our STCW refresher course provides the skills and certification to keep your qualifications up to date.

Course Programme:

STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (2.5 days)

Refresh your knowledge on the different types of firefighting equipment found onboard a Superyacht, including BA gear and the fundamentals of casualty recovery in a smoke-filled compartment. As part of this training, you will complete a live-fire exercise and use various types of fire extinguishers.

STCW Personal Survival Techniques (1 Day)

In this part of the course, you’ll get the chance to go back to the pool and get into a life raft. We’ll update you with any protocol changes, techniques, and equipment since your last Sea Survival Course.

Where to stay

There are plenty of options if you’re looking to stay in Cowes for the duration of your course, including our own accommodation option!

The Flying Fish crew houses in Cowes are comfortable and centrally located. Just a 2-minute walk to the town and our training centre, this will take the stress out of finding somewhere to stay while you train with us.

Using our self-catering accommodation costs just £270 for the duration of the course.



  • Safety equipment, training and certification.

Dates & pricing

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

You must hold an existing STCW Personal Survival Techniques Certificate and STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting certificate to attend this update course.

Both Fire Fighting and Personal Survival Techniques are physically demanding and require a good level of fitness. You should hold an ENG1 Medical Certificate to prove medical fitness.

Full itinerary


Course briefing at our training centre in Cowes, Isle of Wight

Tuesday and Wednesday

Two days of firefighting, which includes all the practical skills you would have completed during your first STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting course. We will update you on the latest techniques, equipment and procedures.


Rest day


One-day Personal Survival course will refresh all the skills you practiced in your initial STCW Basic Safety Training. The course includes practical exercises in the swimming pool where you will recap how to launch a life raft, update survival techniques and how to use the latest survival equipment.

Ready to book your place on our STCW Refresher Course?

Places get taken up pretty quickly for our refresher course, so don’t delay – complete our booking form with your preferred training dates and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Cowes very soon!

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Related courses

Holders of a STCW Elementary First Aid certificate, (including qualified RYA Yachtmasters Offshore or Ocean who are working as Commercial Skippers or RYA Instructors) are also required to update their First Aid every five years. Explore and apply for our STCW Elementary First Aid course below: