Personal Survival Techniques (STCW)

(Basic Sea Survival)

This 1-day basic safety training course is mandatory for most persons working at sea.

NAFC Course Code: N07



This one-day course provides knowledge and skills that will help you survive at sea if you have to abandon ship.

The course is MCA-approved and fulfills part of the STCW training requirements for seafarers or of the training requirements for commercial fishermen.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be at least 16 years old, and be sufficiently fit to complete the practical elements of the course, some of which are physically demanding.


Topics covered during the course include:

  • the main types of maritime emergency.
  • survival equipment.
  • the principles of marine survival.
  • abandoning ship.
  • surviving in the water.
  • using survival craft.

The course includes practical elements (carried out in a swimming pool) including jumping into the water while wearing a lifejacket, entering a liferaft, and helping others.


This is a one day course delivered at the NAFC Marine Centre and at the swimming pool in Lerwick.

The course includes classroom work and a practical session in the swimming pool during which you will have to demonstrate your ability to carry out tasks such as jumping into the water (wearing a lifejacket) and climbing into a liferaft.

Assessment is continuous throughout the course, particularly during the practical exercises (which must be completed), and includes a short written test.


  • 26 March
  • 20 May
  • 17 June
  • 23 August
  • 28 October

Please contact the NAFC Marine Centre for further dates.


  • £210

(Fees are subject to change without notice.)

Booking / Queries

To book a course please download an application form, or contact NAFC.

If you have any questions or need any more information please contact NAFC.