STCW Basic Safety

STCW Basic Safety

MARI 0184

This course meets the requirements of STCW Convention Regulation VI/1 and STCW Code Tables A-VI/1-1 (personal survival techniques), A-VI/1-2 (fire prevention and firefighting) and A-VI/1-4 (personal safety and social responsibilities).Participants acquire knowledge, understanding and proficiency in shipboard emergency procedures and response, lifesaving appliances, rescue and survival, lifeboats and life rafts, shipboard firefighting, firefighting equipment, pollution prevention and effective shipboard communication. Prerequisites: valid medical certificate or a Georgian College Medical Fitness Report, Marine Basic First Aid (Elementary First Aid, STCW A-VI/1-3) or Marine Advanced First Aid (Medical First Aid, STCW A-VI/4-1), minimum 16 years of age. Applicants who hold non-Canadian certificates must submit to the college a letter from Transport Canada verifying their Canadian equivalents.



Course Hours



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.

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