STCW Refresher Course
STCW Refresher Course
As of 1st January 2017, all seafarers working commercially (Superyachts, Cruise Ships, Offshore) and in possession of STCW basic or advanced course certificates, are required to complete their STCW course or STCW refresher course again if their current certification is older than 5 years.
Ie. If you completed your STCW course prior to 1st January 2012 and did not refresh your STCW certificates prior to 1st January 2017, then you are required to complete the necessary STCW course modules in full. Contact us to book your STCW Basic or STCW Refresher Course in Cape Town.
Holders of STCW certificates acquired in South Africa
Holders of STCW basic or advanced certificates acquired in South Africa need only ensure their certificates, all of which expire every 5 years, are in-date and attend STCW refresher courses to continue working legally and securely in their respective maritime field. It must be noted, that due to each certificate displaying an expiry date, it is mandatory for each candidate to refresh all 4 STCW modules, namely: Elementary First Aid, Marine Fire Fighting, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR) + Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
Holders of STCW certificates acquired outside of South Africa
Holders of STCW basic or advanced certificates acquired outside of South Africa, which previously had no expiration date, are at risk of working illegally or not being able to secure work if the STCW basic courses or STCW refresher courses were not completed within the above mentioned 5-year window period. As of 1st January 2017, STCW Personal Survival Techniques & Marine Fire Fighting certificates are required to be refreshed every 5 years.
STCW Refresher requirements
*Current STCW certificates must be valid and in-date
*Proof of seatime in the form of logbook/seamans book (at least 1 year in the last 5 years)
Please note: holders of the Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) certification are also subject to the STCW 2010 manila amendments and are required to either complete the full course or 1-day refresher, if certificates are in-date. More info on the PSCRB Refresher Course.
Elementary First Aid Refresher: 1 Day
Basic Marine Fire Fighting Refresher: 1 Day
PSSR Refresher: 1/2 Day
PST Refresher: 1/2 Day
Refresher Course Breakdown
• Elementary First Aid (1 day): This STCW refresher course module will refresh your basic first aid skills needed for medical emergencies on-board.
• Marine Fire Fighting (1 day): You will learn about fire prevention on board a yacht or ship, and go over shipboard firefighting drills and procedures.
• Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (1/2 day): You will touch up on your knowledge of safe working practices and go over the orders and alarms used on-board.
• Personal Survival Techniques (1/2 day): You will refresh your skills on donning of lifejackets, launching of life rafts, touch up on your knowledge of sea survival and brush up on evacuation procedures, should you need to abandon the yacht or cruise ship.
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