The STCW Basic Safety Training course (STCW95 & STCW 2010) is the legal minimum requirement for anyone looking for commercial work aboard vessels over 24 metres, in accordance with the STCW Code A-VI/1.
The course runs over five days and is assessed via continual practical assessment with theory-based examinations. During the course students will cover:
Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1) - Essential sea survival training to deal with a range of emergency situations. Includes the launch of a life raft, using safety equipment, preparation for sea survival and use of search and rescue organisations.
Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (STCW A-VI/1-2) - Identifies the different types of fire that can occur on board and how to prevent them from starting. Practical training includes use of fire fighting equipment and breathing apparatus to extinguish various types and sizes of fires including in smoke filled enclosed spaces.
Elementary First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3) - A combination of theory and practical sessions on how to respond to the most common emergencies on board. You will learn CPR, different bandaging methods, how to move a patient and how to improvise when there is no equipment available.
Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW A-VI/1-4) - An introduction to accident prevention and safety procedures including alarms and signals. It also covers your rights at work, employment conditions and work practices such as safe working, pollution prevention and relations with others on board.
STCW 95 training must be refreshed every five years
As of January 2014, all seafarers should complete Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6-1) training, in addition to the STCW 95 training.