STCW Update

Mandatory refresher every five years

What is the STCW Update?

On the 1st January 2017, one of the most significant amendments to the STCW convention, the Manila Amendments (STCW 2010) came into force. This was the requirement for all seafarers to update some elements of the mandatory STCW safety training.

The ‘Update’ generally includes Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting and Personal Survival Techniques, however, if you need to refresh any of the other modules please do contact us.




What is included in the STCW Update course?

There are two modules to our STCW Update course, covered over two days:

Module 1: Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

This is a practical course to maintain the required standard of competence in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting:

  • Correct use of breathing apparatus for fire fighting and search & rescue operations.
  • Utilizing hoses, nozzles, and extinguishers.

Module 2: Personal Survival Techniques Update

This is also a practical course to maintain proficiency in the following procedures:

  • Donning of a life jacket.
  • Use of an immersion suit.
  • Jump from a height into water.
  • Swim while wearing a life jacket.
  • Keep afloat without a life jacket.
  • Turn over an inverted life raft.
  • Board a survival craft from the water when wearing a life jacket.

What do I need to do the course?

Please ensure you bring copies of your previous STCW Certificates for us to allow the updates.

Important note regarding your STCW First Aid

Although it is not part of the standard update, we do recommend keeping your First Aid up to date regularly too. Updating your basic STCW does not automatically mean your First Aid is updated. A valid First Aid certificate is also a requirement for students who would like to take a Yachtmaster exam.

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. We require a minimum of four students to run this course.

Course dates to be announced soon, please contact us to be put on a reservation list.

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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.