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Survival courses

LJMU Maritime Centre

Find a maritime survival training course

LJMU Maritime Centre aims to provide the best possible maritime education and training for all sectors of the maritime industry.

Take a look at the short overviews of the courses below. Find out more about the courses and book online.

Survival courses at LJMU Maritime Centre:

Entry into Enclosed Spaces Training

Duration: One day

Prerequisites: ENG1 medical certificate, or equivalent, as an indicator of fitness or an assessment for fitness carried out by LJMU

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the MS (Entry into Dangerous Spaces) Regs 1988 (SI 1988 No. 1638), IMO Resolution A.864 (20) Recommendations for entering enclosed spaces aboard ships and the COSWP

Overviews: This one day course is designed to cover all aspects of entering, escaping and rescuing from enclosed spaces as detailed in MS (Entry into Dangerous Spaces) Regs 1988 (SI 1988 No. 1638), IMO Resolution A.864 (20) Recommendations for entering enclosed spaces aboard ships and the COSWP. First part of the day is dedicated to understanding the risks associated with enclosed spaces and the associated procedures in a classroom environment whilst the remaining day is utilised for putting these procedures in to practice using purpose built enclosed space training facilities.

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Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (STCW A-VI/2-2)

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: PSCRB or Updating PSCRB Certificate not older than 5 years ENG1 medical certificate, or equivalent, as an indicator of fitness or an assessment for fitness carried out by LJMU

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-VI/2-2

Overviews: Some ships are required to be fitted with FAST rescue boats whereas others only require rescue boats. Crew of the Fast Rescue Boats (FRBs) must undertake this training prior to being assigned duties to operate their Fast Rescue Boats. 

Not only to comply with the mandatory STCW training requirements but also to meet the of industry needs, this three day course is designed to enable the holders of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats) to build their skills for FRB operations. The course uses the classroom time for gaining the underpinning knowledge for FRB operations whilst this knowledge is put into practice using boats representative of SOLAS FRBs.

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Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats Updating (Refresher) Route 1 (STCW A-VI/2-2)

Duration: Half day

Prerequisites: 

  1. Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats or its updating certificate
  2. Self-declaration form for the PFRB Route 1 Updating course
  3. ENG1 medical certificate, or equivalent, as an indicator of fitness or an assessment for fitness carried out by LJMU

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-VI/2-2

Overviews: The STCW 2010 Manila amendments require the Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats course to be updated every 5 years. This half day training is for those seafarers who hold a proficiency in fast rescue boats certificate and have maintained the required standard of competency, by on-board training and experience. They are required to complete a ‘self-declaration’ to show that they have maintained their knowledge and skill in all competencies listed in the self-declaration form which can be obtained from course administrators. Seafarers must sign the self-declaration form as a pre-requisite to the reduced hours entry route of the MCA approved updating course.

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Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats Updating Refresher Route 2 (STCW AVI22)

Duration: One day

Prerequisites:

  1. Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats or its updating certificate
  2. ENG1 medical certificate, or equivalent, as an indicator of fitness or an assessment for fitness carried out by LJMU

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-VI/2-2

Overviews: The STCW 2010 Manila amendments require the Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats course to be updated every 5 years. This one day training is for those seafarers who hold a proficiency in fast rescue boats certificate but have NOT maintained the required standard of competence when they were on-board ships. 

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Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (STCW A-VI/1-4)

Duration: Half day

Prerequisites: None

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-VI/1-4

Overviews: The half day course is delivered as part of the Basic Safety Training mandatory for all seafarers prior to joining a ship.

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Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1)

Duration: One day

Prerequisites: Candidates must be at least 16 years old. ENG1 medical certificate, or equivalent, as an indicator of fitness or an assessment for fitness carried out by LJMU

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-VI/1-1

Overviews: The course consists of classroom sessions covering the theoretical aspects of dealing with emergencies at sea. This is then complemented by practical in-water exercises supervised by competent staff. The exercises are designed in such a way that they can be undertaken by non-swimmers without much difficulty.

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Personal Survival Techniques Updating (Refresher) (STCW A-VI/1-1)

Duration: Half day

Prerequisites:

  1. Personal Survival Techniques or its updating certificate
  2. Self-declaration form for the PST Updating course
  3. ENG1 medical certificate, or equivalent, as an indicator of fitness or an assessment for fitness carried out by LJMU

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-VI/1-1

Overviews: The STCW 2010 Manila amendments require the Personal Survival Techniques course to be updated every 5 years. This half day training is for those seafarers who hold a Personal Survival Techniques course certificate and who have maintained the required standard of competence by on-board training and experience.

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Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (STCW A-VI/2-1)

Duration: Five days

Prerequisites:

  1. At least 18 years of age
  2. Suitable experience of participating in survival craft and rescue boat drills on-board ships
  3. MCA approved Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1) or Royal Navy equivalent, Basic Sea Survival, Fisherman’s Safety Training Course Certificate
  4. At least 6 months sea service on vessels of over 15m registered length operating in category C and D waters or beyond evidenced through testimonials or seamanship book
  5. Valid medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA such as ENG1 or equivalent and/or an assessment of fitness through a medical declaration carried out by LJMU staff prior

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-VI/2-1

Overviews: This 5 day course is designed to prepare candidates for taking charge of launching and recovering of survival craft and rescue boats for drill as well as during emergencies. The course is split into 60% practical and 40% theoretical sessions, thus enhancing the learning by undertaking practical exercises related to operations of the survival craft. Candidates must therefore be fit to participate in all practical exercises.

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Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Updating (Refresher) Route 1 (STCW A-VI/2-2)

Duration: Half day

Prerequisites: 

  1. MCA approved Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) or its Updating course certificate
  2. Self-declaration form for the PSCRB Route 1 Updating course
  3. Valid medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA such as ENG1 or equivalent and/or completion of medical declaration to assess fitness to undertake training

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-VI/2-1

Overviews: This half day training is for those seafarers who hold a PSCRB certificate and who have maintained the required standard of competence, by on-board training and experience. They are required to complete a ‘self-declaration’ to show that they have maintained their knowledge and skill in all competencies listed in the self-declaration form which can be obtained from course administrators. Seafarers must sign the self-declaration form as a pre-requisite to the reduced hours entry route of the MCA approved updating course.

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Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Refresher) Route 2 (STCW A-VI/2-2)

Duration: One day

Prerequisites:

  1. MCA approved Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) or its Updating course certificate
  2. Valid medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA such as ENG1 or equivalent and/or completion of medical declaration to assess fitness to undertake training

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-VI/2-1

Overviews: The STCW 2010 Manila amendments require the PSCRB skills to be updated every 5 years. This one day training is for those seafarers who hold a PSCRB certificate but have NOT maintained the required standard of competence when they were on-board ships.

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Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other than Fast Rescue Boats) (Restricted) (STCW A-VI/2)

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites:

  1. At least 18 years of age
  2. MCA approved Proficiency Personal Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1) or its Updating course certificate
  3. At least 6 months approved seagoing service
  4. Valid medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA such as ENG1 or equivalent and/or completion of medical declaration to assess fitness to undertake training

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per MIN 533 (M)

Overviews: The MCA published the MIN 533 (M) – Changes to Advanced Sea Survival Course for Yachtsmen to align the Advanced sea survival course for yachtsmen to the STCW Code Regulation VI/2, using the provisions of Article IX of the STCW Convention and Code 1978. This course is now therefore compliant with the STCW requirements and can be undertaken by those employed on vessels NOT fitted with traditional lifeboats.

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Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other than Fast Rescue Boats) (Restricted) Updating (Refresher) (STCW A-VI/2)

Duration: Half day

Prerequisites:

  1. Hold an MCA approved Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other than fast rescue boats) or its Updating course certificate
  2. Valid medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA such as ENG1 or equivalent and/or completion of medical declaration to assess fitness to undertake training

Accreditation/Approvals: MCA as per MIN 533 (M)

Overviews: This half day training is designed according to the MCA’s MIN 533 (M) – Changes to Advanced Sea Survival Course for Yachtsmen to refresh seafarer’s knowledge and skills for survival at sea using survival craft other than lifeboats.

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