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STCW Personal Survival Techniques Training Course (PST)

1 day course
Theory 210 minutes
Practical 270 minutes
Assessment 45 minutes

Breaks for refreshments are not included in this overall total

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This MCA regulated personal survival techniques course provides all seafarers, the education and training in personal survival techniques to meet the knowledge, understanding and proficiency (KUP) requirements as set out in the STCW Table A-VI/1-1. Covering competence required to survive at sea in event of ship abandonment.

It is one of five courses that together make up the STCW Basic Safety Training Course - an essential qualification for anyone wishing to work on commercial ships.
The Personal Survival Techniques course will be delivered from a purpose-built classroom to support STCW instruction and use a professional swimming pool complex for the practical exercises.

Delegates should be well and fit enough to undertake a number of survival exercises that will include swimming and accessing a life raft in a swimming pool. 

This course includes:

  • Instruction on basic principles and procedures
  • “Dry” demonstrations of raft and equipment
  • Practical wet drill

It covers the use of survival craft and associated equipment, together with the actions which should be taken by each person to overcome or minimise the immediate threats to life at each stage of a survival situation, i.e. prior to abandonment, at abandonment, and aboard survival craft.

By the end of the course delegates will:

  • Know the main types of maritime emergencies
  • Know the survival equipment used during a maritime emergency
  • Understand the principles of survival during a maritime emergency
  • Know how to abandon ship during a maritime emergency
  • Know how to be able to survive in the water during a maritime emergency
  • Know how to use a survival craft during a maritime emergency

To view the full course timetable click here. 

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. 

Delegates will undertake a practical training session and a written assessment. 

On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a printed MRS Training & Rescue certificate.

The course is regulated by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Those successfully completing the assessments will be issued with a certificate which is valid for 5 years. 


There will be a maximum of 12 people on this course. There is a maximum instructor to candidate ratio of 1:24 for the theory and 1:8 for the practical exercises.

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 about 5pm.  


Yes. Delegates should bring:

  • Swimming attire
  • Lightweight clothing to wear under immersion suit - these will get wet
  • Comfortable clothes for the classroom

Yes. Delegates should be aware of the practical aspects of the training and the physically demanding nature of the exercises involving swimming. MRS must be advised prior to the course starting if the delegate is not a strong swimmer or is unable to swim.

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.  

Delegates must also complete the STCW Delegate Registration Form and STCW Pre Course Medical Questionnaire prior to the start of the course.

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)
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The Benefits

  • 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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