STCW Basic Safety Training

Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping

What is the STCW?

The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping certificate, more commonly known as the STCW, is a minimum requirement for working onboard a yacht, whether you’re a Deckhand, Stewardess, or Captain.

The STCW is an International Convention for seafarers that was established in 1978, it details the minimum standards relating to training which all countries are obliged to meet, or exceed. It is often referred to as STCW 95 but the ’95’ was the year in which major revisions were made to the original code. ‘STCW 2010’ is the latest amendment.


Five days of training

Practical fire training in Barcelona

What’s included in the STCW Basic Safety Training?

STCW 2010 requires all seafarers to receive basic safety training in accordance with section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. The minimum requirements for familiarisation and basic safety training are included within our Basic Safety Training course.

There are five separate modules:

Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention and Firefighting are the practical modules that take place outside of the classroom, First Aid also has practical elements but can be done from the comfort of our classrooms in Palma. These modules are usually held over five consecutive training days OR you can also book the PSA and PSSR courses individually if you haven’t completed them yet.

What do I need before booking the Basic Safety Training?

There are no actual pre-requisites for this course, but we recommend students should be able to swim and hold a Seafarer’s Medical report prior to booking the STCW Basic Safety Training.

How long is the STCW certificate valid for?

You must complete STCW refresher training every five years. The update course usually includes the Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention and Firefighting modules. We also recommend keeping an up-to-date First Aid certificate, as this can also be a pre-requisite to other qualifications such as a Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore exam or RYA Commercial Endorsement.

Upcoming Courses

Please contact the Nautical team if you have any questions.
*Dates and timings may be subject to change at our discretion. We can arrange the dates to suit your schedule. We require a minimum of four students to run this course.

05 - 09September

STCW Basic Safety Training

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24 - 28October

STCW Basic Safety Training

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14 - 18November

STCW Basic Safety Training

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12 - 16December

STCW Basic Safety Training

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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.

Virtual PSSR Student
June 2020

The PSSR virtual course was very efficient and the coffee at my place tastes better! The course was straight to the point, which I like. The instructor was fantastic! He knows what he’s teaching. Lots of experience. Great people skills.

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.

April 2020

Lively instructor, engaging, straightforward, and timely delivery of course. Platform worked perfectly. Thank you!

October 2019

From an instructor’s point of view, they offer unparalleled facilities but, more importantly, a very good support system which means we can offer great service to the students. When you couple that with their diligence and integrity you can be sure of being in safe hands.