STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than fast rescue boats) - PSC & RB


Course Code: OE1EC39


Fleetwood Offshore Survival Centre

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Course Overview

Gain specialist knowledge in managing survival craft with the STCW Certificate in Proficiency Survival Craft and Rescue Boats. Specifically, you will learn about the construction and different types of survival craft during launch and recovery; you will also discover how to manage survival craft, survivors and injured persons, and administer first aid. Assessment will be carried out via direct observation, oral questioning and simulated scenarios.  

Important course information

In order to comply with STCW Maritime and Coastguard Agency regulations, all delegates attending Merchant Navy courses must provide a seaman’s discharge book, passport or driving licence when attending the centre. Failure to comply with this requirement will lead to a delay in the issue of your certificate.   

Validity of certificate

There is no expiry date on this certificate, but you are required to update every 5 years.

Medical declaration

Parts of the course are of a physical nature. You will be required to complete a medical declaration when you attend your course.   

Entry Requirements

Candidates who enrol on this course must be at least 18 years old and have 6 months’ sea-time on merchant vessels (you must bring evidence of this).

If you have sea-time in another capacity, such as the Royal Navy, fishing or private yacht industry, you should have at least 12 months’ sea-time.

You must also hold a Personal Survival Techniques Certificate or Basic Training for Seafarers Certificate (or, as an alternative, have completed the Royal Navy Survival Course).

If you are in any doubt as to your qualifying sea-time, please contact the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for verification.

Career Options and Progression

Completion of this course is required to apply to become a Certificate of Competency Deck or Engine Officer of the Watch. It may also be required for the position you hold on board the vessel.

Assessment Methods

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:   

  • take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during and after launch   
  • operate a survival craft engine   
  • manage survivors and survival craft after abandoning ship   
  • use locating devices, including communication and signalling apparatus, and pyrotechnics  
  • apply first aid to survivors

Teaching and Learning Methods

This 5-day course consists of 30% theory and 70% practical learning.  

Industry Placement and Field Trips

This course has no industry placement and no field trips.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

There are no additional costs. The majority of the course is of a hands-on, practical nature. For theory sessions the dress code is smart/casual gear.   

You will also need to bring:   

  • writing materials    
  • a personal wash kit   
  • a boat suit or waterproofs  
  • a working kit (including safety boots and warm clothing)  
  • photographic proof of identity eg passport/driving licence (compulsory to attend the course)  
  • proof of 6/12 months’ sea service  
  • evidence of survival and other previous relevant training (eg Certificate of Competency)    

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

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