Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping
STCW Basic Safety Training Course
An International Convention for seafarers was established in 1978. The convention prescribed minimum standards relating to training which all countries are obliged to meet, or exceed.
It is often referred to as STCW 95 but the ’95’ was the year in which major revisions were made to the original code. STCW 2010 is the latest, updated amendments to the original 1978 code. STCW 2010 requires all seafarers to receive basic safety training in accordance with section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code.
The minimum requirements for familiarisation and basic safety training are contained within the Basic Safety Training course.
There are four separate modules:
- STCW Personal Survival Techniques (Ref A-VI/1-1):
- STCW Fire Prevention and Basic Firefighting (Ref A-VI/1-2):
- STCW First Aid and CPR (Ref A-VI/1-3):
- STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (Ref A-VI/1-4):
A fifth module has been introduced, Proficiency in Security Awareness and is now mandatory for all professional seafarers.
Unfortunately, Aigua Sea School do not hold recognition to run the STCW courses, as it requires the training provider to have a base in the UK. We can highly recommend Bluewater Yachting for STCW courses in English or Nautica Pro for the Spanish courses.
When you meet with Aigua Sea School as someone who is working, or planning to work in the yachting industry, we will ask if you have this certificate. There are elements of the certificate that are required to be shown at the point of a Yachtmaster exam, or is required in a commercial endorsement application.
For a basic commercial endorsement applicable to Powerboat Level 2, Day Skipper certificates, and the Yachtmaster Coastal and Powerboat Advanced Certificates of Competence only the First Aid and Sea Survival certificates are required, along with a VHF marine radio licence, an approved medical report stating you are fit and healthy for commercial duty, and the completion of the online course, Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR).
The full STCW endorsement can be applied to Certificates of Competence: Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean.