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STCW Training: A Guide for Aspiring Mariners

19th February 2024
5 Star Review
120+ Years Experience Over 120 years' experience
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Embarking on a career at sea is a thrilling prospect, but it comes with its own set of challenges and responsibilities. One crucial aspect of preparing for a maritime career is undergoing STCW training – an essential requirement for anyone looking to work at sea. 

What Does STCW Stand For?

STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping. It is a comprehensive set of regulations established by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The primary goal of STCW is to ensure that seafarers possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to guarantee maritime safety and environmental protection.

STCW Basic Safety Training

STCW Basic Safety Training (BST) covers fundamental safety procedures and practices, including firefighting, first aid, personal survival techniques, and personal safety and social responsibilities. Seafarers learn to respond effectively to emergencies, ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow crew members.

Do STCW certificates expire?

Upon successful completion of assessments for Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting, participants will receive certificates valid for five years.

Certification for Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety & Social Responsibility, and Proficiency in Security Awareness do not have a revalidation period, but we advise renewing your training at least every five years.

Train with MRS Training and Rescue

With a focus on safety on land and at sea, and with over 120 years of history working within the hazardous sectors, we provide realistic and practical training to keep you safe in the most challenging of situations.

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And the winter months is often the best time to consider breaking into the superyacht industry – by completing your STCW Basic Safety Training. But that is only the start of the adventure. Once you are there, reach out to the Superyacht Training Group for expert advice, training, consultancy and solutions to all your onboard questions.

Our courses

We offer STCW Training courses at our centre in Romsey. With a price of just £560 (+ VAT) for the 5-day Basic Safety Training, there is nothing to stop you starting that maritime journey or requalifying at our dedicated training facility in Southampton.

We are accredited by the MCA to offer the following training courses:

Recent courses and customer feedback

The latest STCW course we ran challenged delegates with intense firefighting scenarios and cold-water survival exercises. Now, they’re on their way to sunnier climates - for their new superyacht adventures.

The group were engaging, enthusiastic and from the feedback we received, it seems as if they had as much fun being on the course as we did running it.

Here’s what the candidates had to say about their STCW course experience with MRS Training and Rescue:

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