Course info

A Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) certificate will be issued upon successful completion of this course.
Half Day
Who is it for
Seafarers who hold an existing Personal Survival Techniques (PST) certificate.
A good standard of medical fitness and physical ability must be confirmed by completing our centre medical self-screening form prior to course commencement, due to aspects of the training being physically demanding and potentially stressful.
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STCW Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Update training is mandatory for all seafarers who hold an existing personal survival techniques certificate.

This course must be completed to maintain proficiency under the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments (comes into place on 1st January 2017).

The training will take place both in the classroom and at our state-of-the-art sea survival pool, where attendees are required to be fit enough to undertake the in-water practical drills, similar to those on the original course.

Course Objectives

Delegates attending this STCW Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Update course will be able to:

  • Practice and maintain the skills required when responding to an emergency situation or incident
  • Provide evidence of this re-training

Course Content

  1. Correctly don and use an immersion suit
  2. Correctly don a lifejacket
  3. Safely jump from at height into the water
  4. Swim whilst wearing a life jacket
  5. Rite an inverted life raft whilst wearing a life jacket
  6. Board a survival craft from the water when wearing a lifejacket
  7. Stay afloat without a life jacket


Delegates must have:

  • Six months or more sea service prior to 1st August 1998 and were exempt from basic safety courses
  • A certificate of proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques (certificates issued under the authority of other administrations will be acceptable)
  • The required standard of competence by on-board training and experience for all competences listed in the self-declaration form

PLEASE NOTE: Seafarers must sign the self-declaration form as a prerequisite to the reduced hours entry route of the updating course.