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5 day course

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This MCA regulated basic safety training course includes the following 5 courses:

This complete training course provides all delegates intending to go to sea, the education and training in basic safety training to meet the knowledge, understanding and proficiency (KUP) requirements and is an essential qualification for anyone wishing to work on commercial ships. 

Delegates should be aware of the practical aspects of the training and the requirement to be fit and well enough to undertake the practical exercises.

  • Elementary First Aid (EFA)

Those attending this course will learn the correct action to take in a first aid emergency. Including how to administer basic life support, and deal with burns, bleeding, fractures, major illness and shock.

  • Personal Survival Techniques

Delegates will learn how to use survival craft and equipment, along with what actions to take to overcome or reduce immediate threat to life.

  • Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting

Delegates will learn the correct action to take in an emergency, perform firefighting operations using a range of equipment, wear self-contained breathing apparatus, operate in a smoke-filled environment and recover a casualty.

  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR)

Delegates will gain an introduction to safety procedures and accident prevention whilst working on board a vessel.

  • Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)

Delegates will understand and recognise the standards of competence required to ensure security awareness and vigilance on board a ship.

All MRS Training & Rescue instructors that deliver this course are existing rescue operators who deliver specialist rescue training for awarding bodies and internally accredited courses.

All undertake, as a minimum, the Level 3 Approved Educational Training package (or equivalent) and the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, to assess in both the work based and vocational arenas.

On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive five printed MRS Training & Rescue certificates – one for each individual course completed.

The course is regulated by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and is in line with the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping.

Those successfully completing the assessments for Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting will be issued with certificates which are valid for 5 years.

Those successfully completing the assessments for Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety & Social responsibility and Proficiency in Security Awareness will be issued with certificates which currently have no revalidation period - however we would suggest not exceeding 5 years.


Trainer to delegate ratios for each course are as follows:

  • Elementary First Aid – 1:12
  • Personal Survival Techniques - 1:8 for practical and 1:24 for theory
  • Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting – 1:4 for practical and 1:24 for theory
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility – 1:25
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness – 1:24

If you book this course online, you can pay for the course by debit or credit card.

If you wish to pay via an invoice, please enquire about the course and our team will contact you to complete the booking.

Courses start at 9am and finish at approximately 5pm each day.


Yes. Delegates will require:

  • Coveralls/clothes to be worn under fire uniform (this may get smoky) (STCW FPFF Only)
  • Long socks (STCW FPFF Only)
  • Swimming attire (STCW PST Only)
  • Lightweight clothing to wear under immersion suit - these will get wet (STCW PST Only)
  • Comfortable clothes for the classroom

Yes. Delegates should be clean shaven as the firefighting part of the course includes the wearing of breathing apparatus. In addition, all delegates must complete the mandatory forms (STCW Delegate Registration Form and STCW Pre Course Medical Questionnaire), in the links provided in our joining instructions email and return them to MRS Training & Rescue no later than 16:00 on the day prior to the course commencing. 

Delegates must also provide government issued photo identification on their day of training. This is a mandatory requirement and failure to provide this will prevent the delegate taking the training until verification can be made. 

Course materials, refreshments and a light lunch are provided.

The MRS Training & Rescue certificate will be provided to successful candidates at the end of the course.

Joining instructions are sent by email – which are usually received on the same day but always within 48 hours of booking.

Yes - subject to our terms and conditions.

Yes, free parking is available at all our UK training centres for course candidates.

A very enjoyable course. Trainers very friendly and knowledgeable.
Simon Wall, Marine Capability Solutions
Very good course. I have a few things which I can take back and pass on to others as well as improve onboard procedures.
Ryan Palmer
Interesting, informative, hands-on training. Very clear trainer.
Eleanor Darlington, National Oceanographic Centre (UKRI)
I recently undertook an STCW course at this training centre the only thing better than the content were the tutors. Everyone at MRS really wants to see you pass and to help you get the best out of yourself during the course. Not only did the swimming pool that the centre usually use cancel due to an accidental double booking but some equipment we were meant to be training with was stolen the morning of one of the exams. MRS staff dealt with this swiftly and effectively by changing the pool and going to buy new equipment on the same day it was stolen to ensure we as the students still got the most out of the course. The pace of content is rapid due to the condensed course but there seemed to always be space to ask questions and make sure each of us understood the principles we were being taught. I couldn't recommend anywhere else in the UK that I would have had as much fun learning.
Islay RD
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  • We are a leading authority in confined space and at height technical rescue and we never rest in our goal to keep people safe.

  • We practice what we preach – our trainers are also operational rescue team members – so have real life stories to make the theory come alive.

  • We deliver best-in-class training so that anyone attending courses leaves capable of applying the knowledge to real-life situations.

  • Most of our courses are highly practical and feedback from delegates is excellent.

  • Nationwide service from our eight Training and Rescue Centres across the UK.

  • Are employed by us and trained to our own exacting standards.

  • Have real-life experience of working in high-risk environments and often share these with candidates.

  • Understand recognised learning styles and quickly adapt their delivery based on the needs of those being trained.

  • Ensure delegates are engaged by punctuating training with tests, quizzes and practical sessions.

  • Where possible, include information specific to delegates’ working practices so they leave ready to apply the learning in their day-to day roles.

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