STCW Basic Safety Training
Level 3

SBT311 STCW Basic Safety Training

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  • Course code


  • Locations and dates


    2 May 2024
    Block course: 02-10 May 2024
    25 July 2024
    Block course: 25 July-02 August 2024
    19 September 2024
    Block course: 19-27 September 2024
  • Length

    Online study plus face-to-face workshops (8.30am-5pm 7 full days excluding weekend).

  • Fees

    Tuition: 2359.00
    Student levy: 31.00
  • Credits


The STCW (Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeepers) short course certificates are required by anyone seeking employment in the merchant navy or superyacht industry, both internationally and in New Zealand.

Workshop/Block-course dates

As part of this course, you must attend a 7-day block course on the Nelson campus.

Download our 'List of Maritime Short Courses(external link)' document for all upcoming workshop/block-course dates.

Enrol today to start your online component, and talk to our team about which block course you wish to attend.

Please note your STCW certificate may take up to two weeks to be issued to you upon successful completion of the course.

Commercial training

In addition to the intake dates listed, additional courses can be arranged for groups. These five courses are also available separately if you already hold some of them.

Course overview

Course Aim

The aim of this course is to provide seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on board a ship with basic safety training that is aligned to the competencies prescribed in STCW VI/1.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be issued with the following certificates:

  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • STCW Seafarers Security Awareness

Course Content

  • Topic 1:  Personal Survival Techniques
  • Topic 2:  Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Topic 3:  First Aid
  • Topic 4:  Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • Topic 5:  Seafarers Security Awareness

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in personal survival techniques so that they will be able to survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment as per STCW Table A-VI/1-1
  • Minimise the risk of fire and maintain a state of readiness to respond to emergency situations involving fired, extinguishing fires on board a vessel. as per STCW Table A-VI/1-2
  • Fight and Extinguish fires on board a vessel as per STCW Table A-VI/1-2
  • Take immediate action upon encountering an accident of other medical emergency as per STCW Table A-VI/1-3
  • Comply with  emergency procedures as per STCW Table A-VI/1-4
  • Take precautions of prevent pollution of the marine environment as per STCW Table A-VI/1-4
  • Observe safe working practices as per STCW Table A-VI/1-4
  • Contribute to effective human relationships on board a ship as per STCW Table A-VI/1-4
  • Understand and take necessary steps to control fatigue as per STCW Table A-VI/1-4
  • Contribute to the enhancement of maritime security through heightened awareness as per STCW Table A-VI/6-1
  • Recognize security threats as per STCW Table A-VI/6-1
  • Understand the need for and methods of maintaining security awareness and vigilance as per STCW Table A-VI/6-1

Unit Standards

  • 6400 Manage first aid in emergency situations
  • 6401 Provide first aid
  • 6402 Provide basic life support

Individual competencies

The STCW Basic Training short course certificate covers the following five competencies, which can also be taken individually:

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