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The Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) certification is required by crew who have been designated a security duty onboard their vessel.

This applies to ALL Superyacht crew and should be completed in place of the Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) course.

 With the ever present threat of piracy and other security related threats, the need for qualified maritime security is in demand worldwide. This is not only related to commercial shipping but includes port facilities and the private sector.

On completion of the course, students will be able to understand the Principals and Responsibilities of National and International Requirements of a Ship Security Officer. They would have acquired the skills to Maintain ship security plans, Appreciate security levels, Develop and maintain measures for the control of access to the vessel, Conduct ship security and risk assessments and Implement effective search mechanisms and security control.

Internationally recognized security training for Superyacht Crew has been broken down into 2 categories:

1) Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)
2) Proficiency in Security Awareness  (PSA) 

After much research (incl. Captains & Yacht Management companies) and in addition to guidance from the MCA, it has been found to be more beneficial to gain the higher, Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) certification. For Superyacht Crew, this means you will not have to re-do / upgrade your security training if you are designated a security related duty down the line. And in not having to do so, will save costs, time and gain a competitive edge by having a higher certification.

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