Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats - STCW

Course Overview

These courses comply with STCW ‘95 Regulation V1/2 Paragraph 1.  A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the assessment.




The 8-day course is for personnel with limited, or no prior, experience or knowledge of lifesaving equipment and procedures.


The 5-day course is for experienced personnel. Candidates must have a valid Basic Sea Survival or Personal Survival Techniques Certificate (issued within the preceding 5 years).  The Centre will supply wet weather gear, students should bring suitable working gear.


You should be aware that the practical aspects of this course may be physically demanding, and that full participation is required to obtain certification.

Additional Information

Candidates must have a valid Basic Sea Survival or Personal Survival Techniques Certificate (issued within the preceding 5 years).

Course Content

Day 1 • Emergency situation and dangers to survivors • Emergency organisation • Safety information • Actions prior to abandonment • Demonstration of personal protective equipment • Types of survival craft • Provision of LSA aboard ship • Davit drill • Lifeboat manoeuvring Day 2 • Types of launching appliance • Types of lifeboat • Lifeboat equipment • Launching and use of totally enclosed life boats (TELB) • Manoeuvring with TELB Day 3 • Engine starting procedures • Emergency situations • Use of oars and mechanical propulsion • Handling in rough weather • Marshalling and towing survival craft • Beaching procedures Day 4 • Inflated boats, rescue boats and Class C boats • Outboard engine operations • Launching procedures • Man overboard recovery actions • Manoeuvring with inflated boats Day 5 • Life raft launching procedures • Marine evacuation systems • Life raft construction • Life raft equipment • Immediate and subsequent actions • Davit launch life raft drills • Towing procedure Day 6 • Techniques of survival • Causes and treatment of injuries to survivors • Use of first aid kit • Effects of extremes of climate • Manoeuvring rigid and inflated boats • Man overboard recovery Day 7 • Use of survival craft location aids • Use of radio aids to location • Search and rescue organisation • Safety when recovering survivors • Helicopter operations • Boat launching, manoeuvring and recovery Day 8 • Revision session • Practical assessment • Theory assessment

Course Tutor

Stephen Watkins, Hugh Donohoe, Tony Poynder

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