This course provides seafarers with the essential education and training in personal survival techniques meeting the requirements set out in STCW Code Table A-VI/1-1. The student will have a good understanding of how to survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment.
The learner must be at least 16 years of age to be issued with a Certificate of Proficiency. In exceptional circumstances where a learner is physically able and fit they may be able to complete the training course prior to her/his 16th birthday.
Students are continuously assessed during the course in the pool. They must demonstrate the following:
Donning of an emersion suit and life jacket.
Stepping into the water.
Swimming whilst wearing a life jacket.
Enter a life raft and subsequent immediate and secondary actions whilst in the life raft.
Righting an upside down life raft.
Simulated winching from a life raft.
There is also a multi choice written exam
This course is a requirement for all person proceeding to sea in the merchant navy.