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About this course

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.

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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    See main course description.

Course availability

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Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course.

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.

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Admissions Team

Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday