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The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), which the International Maritime Organization (IMO) established in 1978, designates a set of minimal international training standards for professional mariners. The intention of STCW training programs is to promote the safety of life and property at sea, as well as ensure protective measures for the marine environment.

The STCW Basic Training course provides instruction and practical training in relevant safety skills necessary to work onboard a vessel in a variety of different roles with designated duties.

Our STCW-compliant and PMA. approved Basic Training courses includes training for the following:

Basic Firefighting:

This course combines classroom instruction and field training for fire identification, prevention and detection and firefighting skills. Learn search and rescue (SAR) and techniques for navigating dark and smoke-filled environments.

Personal Survival Techniques:

Gain basic survival knowledge and skills for overcoming common emergencies at sea, including locating supplies and emergency craft and rescue boats, operating life-saving equipment and procedures for abandoning ship.

Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities:

This module involves classroom instruction only, followed by an exam. The PSSR module covers subjects including workplace relationships, safe work environments, personal care and more.

Elementary First Aid:

Learn basic medical first aid skills and CPR techniques with a focus on for maritime situations.


Students in these program(s) will be required to participate in rigorous physical activity which will include, but is not limited to, the following activities:

  • Jumping into pool from height of approximately one meter.
  • Swimming a distance of approximately 20 feet while wearing a PFD or immersion suit.
  • Staying afloat for approximately 1 minute without the use of a PFD or similar aid.
  • Deploying and entering a life raft and righting a capsized life raft while wearing a PFD or immersion suit.
  • Conducting search & rescue of simulated personnel casualties weighing approximately 150 pounds from an enclosed space-smoke/fire environment while wearing breathing apparatus and protective clothing. 
  • Extinguishing fires with and without the aid of breathing apparatus. This will include moving quickly and climbing up and down ladders while holding fire fighting equipment such as heavy hoses.
  • Bending, stooping, lifting, and turning real or simulated patients.
  • Performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a mannequin