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About this course

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All students attending on-campus courses at Warsash Maritime School must take a Covid-19 test before starting their training. For more information about Covid-19 testing, please read our guidance document.

This course prepares crew for the launching and handling of survival craft through a series of practical exercises using a range of open and enclosed lifeboats and inflatable rescue boats to build confidence, competence and knowledge of safety procedures. 

What you'll learn

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to demonstrate the capability to: 

  • take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during and after launch, 
  • operate a survival craft engine, 
  • manage survivors and survival craft after abandoning ship, 
  • use locating devices including communications, signalling apparatus and pyrotechnics, and 
  • apply first aid to survivors. 


  • You must have proof of at least six months' sea-going service. 
  • You must hold one of the following certificates: 
    • Approved Personal Survival Techniques 
    • Basic Sea Survival 
    • Royal Navy Sea Survival course 
    • Fisherman’s Safety Training course 

Please note: OPITO/BOSIET/FOET is not an acceptable equivalent.  

Covid-19 control measures

Please note, the information below may change without notice and in response to any updated UK Government guidance as applicable.

  • Covid-19 health declaration at start of course and on every subsequent day of course (in addition to the standard short course medical declaration)
  • 50% class reduction to facilitate social distancing
  • All touch surfaces cleaned throughout the day and deep clean of all facilities before start of teaching day
  • Hand sanitiser stations (gel - min alcohol content 70%) provided in class, throughout buildings and at the pier head.
  • One in one out policy for the toilets
  • Individual numbered desks in class and staff wear RPE and gloves for enrolment (students asked to stand clear at that time). No multi-usage of teaching spaces on any one teaching day by differing class groups.
  • Modified lesson plans to ensure learning outcomes met with verbal interaction from own desk (as opposed to the group flip chart exercises we used to run).
  • Staff only handle classroom equipment and props.
  • Bagged meals and bottled water provided for students to consume at their own desk/outside
  • Staggered changing regime to minimise numbers in changing facility.
  • All pier PPE individual use for course and sterilised with antiviral spray/wash between use. Any loaned boiler suits are fully laundered and dried between usage.
  • Pier PPE upgraded to include both full face shield (fitted to helmet) and masks.
  • Individual lockers for delegates
  • Gloves worn throughout all pier activities
  • Minimum numbers in survival craft as commensurate with safe and effective operation of that craft in the prevailing conditions.
  • Delegates well spread out for all briefings
  • All survival craft touch surfaces cleaned on completion of training
  • Bottled water provided for consumption at the pier head.
  • Staff provided with specific Covid-19 PPE kit in the event that first aid treatment is required for any person on course.

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Warsash Maritime School and Solent University.

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Course availability

Please contact admissions for course availability and to book.

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Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Admissions Team

Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday