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4 Days
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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If you are working as a Seafarer onboard a ship, or are returning to sea and completed your STCW Basic Safety Training Course more than five years ago, then the STCW Refresher Course is for you.

If you hold Personal Survival Techniques (PST) and Fire Fighting (FP&FF) qualifications, then as of 1st January 2017, you must have evidence of having completed an STCW updated training course within the last five years.

The new STCW Refresher Course was introduced as part of the 2010 STCW Manila amendments to the STCW convention.

These changes came about because it was recognised that Seafarers do not have the opportunity to practice tackling real fires or launch life rafts as part of monthly drills. Therefore, updated training of these practical skills was needed.

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

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 £245 for the duration of the course.

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)

On 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.


  • 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: