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About this course

Following the government’s guidance, from 4 April we will not be requiring delegates to undertake any testing before attending their course. However, it is strongly recommended that face coverings are worn when in enclosed spaces and where social distancing is not possible. There may also be some courses which still require additional PPE - this will be provided as appropriate.

While the requirement for testing has been relaxed, we ask that students/delegates only attend their course if they are fully well to do so - this is to ensure that fellow students/delegates and staff are protected and courses can continue to run.

If you have any issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at warsash.admissions@solent.ac.uk.

STCW 2010 requires all seafarers to receive basic safety training or instruction in accordance with section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. The minimum requirements for familiarisation and basic safety training are contained within the Basic Safety Training Week (BSTW). 

The components of BSTW are also a requirement for holders of a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean looking to work towards the MCA STCW Master Yacht 200GT (OOW 500GT). The training requirements also include masters and deck officers on workboats of over 24m and less than 500GT. 

Basic Safety Training Week is made up of four courses which meet the minimum STCW 2010 familiarisation and basic safety training requirements. They can be booked either as this single programme of training over one week or booked individually. 

Although it is not a mandatory part of the basic safety training programme, we have included the Proficiency in Security Awareness course during this week at no extra cost for those who book the BSTW as a single programme.

What you'll learn

Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities 
A classroom-based course covering basic induction training in safety procedures and accident prevention, it also familiarises novices with the employment conditions and working environment on board. 

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting 
Outlines precautions for minimising the risk of fire, the causes of fires and how to extinguish them. Also includes practical training using fire fighting equipment and breathing apparatus to extinguish various types and sizes of fires. 

Personal Survival Techniques 
Teaches the actions to be taken by individuals to protect themselves in emergency situations and includes practical training using life jackets and inflatable life rafts. 

Elementary First Aid 
A combination of theory and practical training for basic first aid and life-saving skills. 

Proficiency in Security Awareness 
Providing knowledge, understanding and proficiency to personnel intending to work on ships who will not have any designated security duties.

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.

Course Information

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  • Approvals

    MCA

  • Career progression

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  • Prerequisites

    None

Course availability

Please contact admissions for course availability and to book.

Contact us

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.

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 warsash.admissions@solent.ac.uk.

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08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday
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