What Is A STCW? And Why Do You Need It?
Almost all of our correspondence with our candidates begins with the same questions: “What is the STCW and why do I need it?”
Your STCW basic training form part of the basic safety training and is a compulsory requirement for any seafarer in order to be eligible for employment at sea. The STCW 2010 has replaced STCW 95 and is the new code that all seafarers working on board commercial vessels must adhere to. If you are planning on joining the super yacht industry as an entry level crew member to look for a yacht job as a stewardess, deckhand, engineer or chef, you will need to complete this yacht course as part of your crew training.
The STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) is an internationally recognised certification standard required by all seafarers working on commercial vessels above 24 metres (79 feet) in length. This includes crew working on a yacht, commercial ships, ferries, cruise ships and super yachts.
The course runs every week in Cape Town South Africa and takes 11 days to complete. The course is made up of 5 modules that include:
What are the STCW training modules:
Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR) This STCW training prepares you for the day-to-day emergencies that may occur, safe working practices and understanding of basic employment and working conditions on board the yacht or cruise ship.
Elementary First Aid (EFA) The competent learner will be able to perform the role of a first aider until advanced medical assistance arrives.
Personal Survival Techniques (PST) This STCW course module teaches you the essential principles of sea survival and safety including: donning of lifejackets, launching of life rafts, evacuation and use of search and rescue tools.
Marine Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention You will learn about fire prevention on board a yacht or ship and how to control firefighting operations onboard.
Designated Security Duties This yacht course forms part of security awareness and is designed for the training of all Seafarers’ onboard ships to which the ISPS code applies must carry the DSD certificate. In addition to the onboard security training, this is mandatory for ship personnel responsible for ship security, new security trainings have been made compulsory for all personnel employed or engaged on board ships.
Do you need help booking your STCW?
Get Onboard Superyacht Academy is able to offer one, if not the, most affordable STCW course for super yachts in South Africa.
South Africa is one of the most affordable places in the world to complete your STCW Course and is significantly cheaper than other countries.
If you are looking to get qualified as a crew member for the super yachts in South Africa, contact Get Onboard Superyacht Academy for all of your STCW yacht courses requirements.
Our STCW course is internationally recognised by SAMSA and the MCA.
Get Onboard provides the most relevant and up to date super yacht training courses to ensure the best possibility of securing your first job on a yacht. MCA approved Deckhand, Stewardess courses, Powerboat Level 2, Yachtmaster STCW basic training and ENG1 medical in Cape Town.