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 the 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 difference between PSA and PDSD?

Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) is a requirement for almost every crew member on board a vessel, it is part of the Basic Safety Training program within STCW 10.

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) is a requirement for the crew who may have specific security duties while onboard e.g. permitting access to the yacht (letting people onboard). These security duties will be outlined in the Ship’s Security Plan on vessels who are compliant with the ISPS code.

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 Proficiency in Designated Security Duties 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.

We do not have scheduled courses at this moment. Please check back later or contact us with your dates and itinerary.

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September 2021

It’s challenging to run a good STCW course in the virtual world, or so I thought! The training with Nautical Academy was top notch! Professional, engaging, thorough and comfortable (as I was sitting in my own place) 🙂 Highly recommend Rich Streeter and his team, for running a really good course. Cheers!

August 2020

I went through the PDSD with them online and it was a great experience. From the first day, the attention was cordial and punctual. Excellent professionals.

July 2020

I fully recommend Sovren Nautical Academy. I’m very happy to have done my training with them!

Virtual PDSD Student
June 2020

All pros, super easy and fast! No cons at all! The instructor was professional, friendly, and funny. Excellent course.

June 2020

I went through the PDSD with Sovren Nautical Academy online and it was a great experience. From the first day, the attention was cordial and punctual. Excellent professionals.