Course info

A Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) certificate will be issued upon successful completion of this course.
1 Day
Who is it for
All persons intending to pursue a career at sea.
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) training is mandatory for all persons intending to go to sea.

The course consists of theoretical and practical sessions that provide delegates with knowledge and understanding of the survival procedures which must be adopted to maximise their chances of survival in a maritime emergency.

Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requires all seafarers to complete this course.

Course Objectives

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

  • Correctly don a lifejacket
  • Correctly don and use an immersion suit
  • Safely step off from a height into the water
  • Right an inverted life raft while wearing a lifejacket
  • Swim while wearing a lifejacket
  • Keep afloat without a lifejacket
  • Board a survival craft from the water while wearing a lifejacket
  • Take initial actions on boarding the life raft to enhance their chances of survival
  • Stream a drogue or Sea Anchor
  • Operate survival equipment
  • Operate location devices including radio equipment

Course Content

  1. Types of emergency situations
  2. Types of life-saving appliances
  3. Equipment in a survival raft
  4. Location of personal life-saving appliances
  5. Principles concerning survival


Delegates must be at least 16 years of age to be issued with a Certificate of Proficiency. However in exceptional circumstances, where a learner is physically able and fit, they may be able to complete the training course prior to her/his 16th birthday.

PLEASE NOTE: This course can also be booked as part of the STCW Basic Safety Training Package.