STCW Basic Safety
STCW Basic Safety
This course is another requirement for seafarers under the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification of Watchkeepers) convention of the International Maritime Organization. This course includes theory and practical hands-on training in survival, personal safety, social responsibilities and firefighting. Attendees will gain proficiency through practical training exercises which include: the use of fire extinguishers, firefighting equipment, and firefighting breathing gear; the use of lifejackets, survival suits and inflatable life rafts. Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age, Marine Medical Fitness Report. Marine Basic First Aid.
Participants taking this course must be physically fit. A valid marine medical (pilot or diver's medicals are also accepted) or medical fitness report is mandatory and must be submitted prior to the the start of the course. Download the medical report form . Trainees arriving without a valid medical will be refused entry and will be charged the full course fee.
Participants taking this course must be clean shaven. Participants will be asked to participate in a fit test to ensure an adequate seal with the SCBA mask.
Training in marine firefighting and in the use of lifeboats and life rafts requires participants to engage in moderately strenuous physical activity. Training activities include:
- fighting fires while wearing heavy fire protective clothing and a breathing apparatus
- working in areas with little or no visibility
- righting an inverted life raft
- treading water
- swimming in water up to 10 feet in depth
Please note: You will receive a confirmation email approximately one week prior to the course starting. This will indicate course start time, room number, and other important information about the course.
Clothing to bring to MED training:
- swimsuit or shorts and a towel for pool exercises
- outside winter clothing for fire or lifeboat exercises (hat, gloves, etc.)
- clothing suitable for dirty environments – coveralls/workclothes/gloves for firefighting exercises
- heavy socks
- steel-toed boots
The college provides full protective firefighting clothing, coveralls and boots. Georgian College provides all standard sizes of immersion suits; candidates with special needs are required to bring their own immersion suits.