Personal Survival Techniques (STCW)

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The Personal Survival Techniques course is compulsory for anyone wishing to take up employment at sea on board Merchant Ships.

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It also meets the compulsory requirements of the Fishing Industry. Participants are required to make a declaration that their health is good prior to being accepted on the course.

PLEASE BRING SWIMMING GEAR WITH YOU.

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Dry drill

  • Introduction.
  • Have an understanding of the types of emergencies which may occur, such as collisions, fire, foundering, man overboard etc.
  • Recognise types of life saving appliances normally carried on ships: boats, liferafts, lifebuoys, lifejackets.
  • State the actions which should be taken in the time available prior to abandonment to minimise the hazards and difficulties which face survivors in the event of a marine casualty.
  • State the value of training and drills; the need to adhere to the principles of survival and safe practices.
  • State the basic principles of survival.
  • Explain the practical significance of basic concepts of hypothermia in a survival situation.
  • Recognise the causes and effects of cold injuries in a survival environment.
  • State the important first aid actions in a survival environment.
  • State the actions to be taken to protect survivors in survival craft.
  • State the actions to aid location by rescue services.
  • Use a helicopter rescue strop and explain, briefly, helicopter rescue techniques.
  • Have confidence in being rescued, through a simple understanding of the general arrangements for search and rescue world-wide and around the coasts of the United Kingdom.
  • Don a lifejacket and immersion suit correctly.
  • Demonstrate use of rocket parachute flares, hand flares, buoyant smoke signals, EPIRB, SART, emergency radio (VHF) and helicopter rescue strop.

Wet drill

  • Launch liferaft
  • Safely jump from a height into the water
  • Right an inverted liferaft while wearing a lifejacket
  • Swim while wearing a lifejacket
  • Keep afloat without a lifejacket (done in shallow end of pool)
  • Board a liferaft from ship (dry and wet)
  • Bring aboard an injured person.

You will be provided with a boiler suit for the wet drill but you require a towel and your swimming costume.

Qualification

STCW 95 Short Course in Personal Survival Techniques.

Dates

For course dates and price please visit the Short Courses Maritime page

Venue: Department of Maritime Studies, Stromness for morning session; Stromness Swimming Pool for afternoon session

Cost

£160

Booking

To gain your qualification you must bring the following with you:

  • Photo ID i.e. passport or photo driving licence
  • National Insurance Number or Passport Number