STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

Increase the security and safety of your vessel

What is the PDSD course?

The STCW Proficiency in Designates Security Duties (PDSD) course is for ship’s crew and staff, who have designated security duties onboard. It offers the knowledge and understanding of how to ensure your vessel is secure and safe, whether that be in a port or out at sea.



Virtual classes available during this time of travel restrictions



Dates to be announced soon for Palma and Barcelona

What’s included in the STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties course?

STCW 2010 requires all seafarers to receive basic safety training in accordance with section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code.

The PDSD course is an additional module that can be added to the Basic Safety Training course, for those members of crew that require it.

Topics include: 

  • Why ship security is important
  • Know the roles and responsibilities of who is involved
  • Know what creates a security risk
  • Pros and Cons of security methods, equipment and systems
  • Maintaining the measures in a ship security plan and related requirements.
  • Maintaining the effectiveness of arrangements, procedures and equipment at the three security levels

The course can be completed in one day, covering eight hours of tuition.

What is the Virtual Interactive PDSD course?

During the current lockdown period we want to ensure that students are still able to study, this is why we have developed Virtual interactive courses. You’ll learn in real-time with our experienced instructors.

To take part in a virtual interactive course you need to download the Zoom app to your PC/Mac/Tablet (we recommend using these rather than a phone for quality), full instructions on this can be found in the course dates below.

Please note that virtual courses will be recorded, both through video and audio, to verify your participation in the course; these recordings will not be given to third party companies with the exception of the accrediting body for the course if necessary. If you have any objections to this, please inform us immediately.


If you don’t require the full PDSD course, but do require the Proficiency in Security Awareness course, you can take the half day option: click here

Upcoming Courses

Please contact the Nautical team with your dates and itinerary.
*Dates and timings may be subject to change at our discretion. We can arrange the dates to suit your schedule. Minimum of four students required per course.

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, classroom course dates will be announced in due course.

Please contact us to be put on a reservation list.

SOVREN Nautical Academy will also be donating 10% of all course fees to Yachting Gives Back during these difficult times.

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May 2020

I think the online course has this big advantage that provides flexibility to students, you can be learning anywhere and it brings the opportunity to students worldwide. In the online course you get the information in a practical and visual way that allows you to understand it in an easier way. The interaction with your…

May 2020

I enjoyed it entirely as the instructor Richard was very good in explaining all the subjects and he was also helpful in repeating the argument in case someone is left behind. Honestly, I don’t think there is a part of the course that I would like to improve. As it is perfect as like that.…

April 2020

I was a bit worried since it was the first time doing a course online but it turned out work great and I´m very happy with the way it went.

April 2020

The course was very well done for a virtual course, I thought you were very good rich, approachable, informative, knowledgeable and very helpful. The classroom behind you is great because i feel like I’m there. Connection was always good, videos were very clear. Honestly just keep what your doing rich, very enjoyable.

April 2020

Works very well online and with the screen sharing (videos). Rich is a great instructor and keeps you awake. Good taking breaks often. Have nothing negative to say about the course.