What is the STCW Basic Safety Training Course Certificate?
STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, and these standards are set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The STCW certificate consists of five basic training courses and is compulsory for all yacht crew. It’s one of the essential certificates/documents yacht crew must obtain and have in possession before you find your first job on a yacht. Our STCW basic safety training takes place in near the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
What are The Essential Requirements Needed to Work on a Yacht?
1. STCW basic safety training
2. ENG 1 (Seafarers Medical Certificate)
Some Frequently Asked Questions About Working On A Super Yacht.
Question: I want to work on a private yacht or Superyacht do I still need STCW basic safety training certificate?
Answer: Yes the STCW basic safety training certificate is required by all seafarers working on commercial vessels above 24m in length. This includes crew working on commercial ships, ferries, cruise ships private yachts and superyachts.
Question: What is the difference between STCW 95 and STCW 2010
Answer: The current STCW basic safety training 2010 is an updated version of the STCW 95 basic safety training. The Manila amendments, adopted on 25th June 2010, marked a revision of the original Convention and Code.
STCW Basic Safety Training Course
The STCW consists of five STCW basic safety training modules, with yacht qualifications valid for five years. Each STCW superyacht training courses can be taken separately, but many yacht crew training centres offer package deals for intensive courses.
What is the STCW Basic Safety Training 2010 Course?
The STCW basic safety training will take around 5 days to complete the fundamentals of safety and training for seafarers included in the following modules.
1. Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR)
Two day course costing
PSSR is a course offering new and experienced crew members the basic health and safety advice required on modern and traditional vessels. It covers basic hazards, personal protective equipment, general health and safety advice and general and emergency routines which you might come across.
The course outline include:
Comply with Emergency Procedures
Take precautions prevent pollution to marine environment
Knowledge and observation of safe working practices
Contribute to effective human relationships on board ship
Contribute to effective communications on board ship
Understand and take necessary actions to control fatigue
2. Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
Three day course
Our SAMSA/MCA approved on-site facility is operated by our partner company, STC-SA. It uses a modern fire training rig with gas fired cribs and synthetic non-toxic smoke to produce a very realistic, controllable, environmentally friendly and safe training environment.
All STCW courses facilitated by Get Onboard Superyacht Academy are instructed by the subject matter experts in their field. There are few better instructors in the field of fire-fighting than career served fire-fighters, so we use instructors who are very experienced in the maritime fire training sector.
3. Elementary First Aid
Two day course
STCW Elementary First Aid is one of the four compulsory commercial modules required to work on vessels covered by the STCW convention. It is internationally recognised and covers CPR, breaks & splints, bandaging, drowning and hypothermia and much more.
All of the instructors are career professionals in the medical world and are serving paramedics in most cases. We choose them carefully to ensure they have specific seafarer knowledge as well as extensive experience in their field.
4. Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
Two day course
STCW Personal Survival Techniques is the name given to Sea Survival in the merchant navy and guides you in how to survive if you are involved in an incident at sea. We teach you the necessary skills to survive if you are ever unlucky enough to have to abandon ship with equal emphasis on both small vessels and larger ships.
You will get the opportunity to wear a SOLAS approved survival suit and lifejacket to experience the equipment fitted to most merchant ships during the pool drills. The equipment that is provided in a liferaft is discussed and demonstrated in detail.
During your course you will be instructed in how to stay afloat, board a liferaft and maintain the raft fit for use. We discuss different types of lifejackets and how to check them before use. You will see a liferaft capsized and witness or take part in the procedure to right it to enable it to be used effectively.
5. Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
Two day course
This PDSD certification is required by crew who have been designated a security duty onboard their vessel. This applies to all Superyacht Crew and should be completed in place of Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA).
On completion of the course, students will be able to understand the Principals and Responsibilities of National and International Requirements of a Ship Security Officer. They would have acquired the skills to Maintain ship security plans, Appreciate security levels, Develop and maintain measures for the control of access to the vessel, Conduct ship security and risk assessments and Implement effective search mechanisms and security control.
How Long Does STCW Certificate Last For?
Seafarers are required under STCW convention, every five years, to provide evidence of having maintained the required standards of competence to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities working on board a yacht.
Where Can I Get an STCW Basic Safety Training Certificate?
You can book your STCW basic safety training course at any approved maritime academy. Get Onboard Superyacht Academy is based in Cape Town, Western Cape South African and offer our STCW training every week. It is worth noting, all seafarers alongside the STCW basic safety training are required to complete an ENG1 Medical.
A great starting point would be to check out our “Beginners Guide to Yachting” Ebook, which mentions how and where to find a yacht job, whether it be by Dock Walking, networking, or through a superyacht crew agency.
If you have any questions or require additional advice, please email us and let’s help you GET ONBOARD