USCG Approved STCW Basic Safety Courses

What is STCW?

An international change in training procedures requiring people with prior experience to demonstrate proficiency in basic safety or obtain practical skills through a structured learning program.

Who is affected by STCW?

Personnel working on the following vessels if they operate seaward of the boundary line (The boundary line separates inland and near coastal waters, for licensing purposes):

1. Commercial Vessels over 200 gross tons.
2. Passenger vessels subject to 46 CFR, sub-chapter H(>l00 gt.).
3. Uninspected towing vessels that are subject to the Officers Competency Convention.
4. Vessels sailing foreign.

STCW Training Courses

Safety Training Courses

Firefighting Training Courses
Who Needs Basic Safety Training?

Required of everyone needing to meet STCW requirements who began their
seagoing service after February 1, 1997.

Course Descriptions:

Basic Safety fulfills the requirements for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW 95). This course encompasses all five topic areas in the Basic Safety program. The five segments may be taken together or individually.

  • Basic Fire Fighting

    A 2 day course including 8 hours of lecture and 8 hours of practical training on the fire ground fighting fires with various extinguishing methods.

  • Personal Survival

    1-1/2 days (12 hours) of classroom and in-the-water practice with water survival techniques and lifesaving equipment including life rafts and survival suits.

  • Elementary First Aid

    1 day (8 hours) of basic first aid techniques for injury assessment, immediate care and CPR.

  • Personal Safety/Social Responsibility

    1/2 day (4 hours) of basic emergency procedures, alarm signal recognition, lock out/tag out, personal protective gear and social responsibility.

    STCW / USCG Approved Basic Safety Course Requirements:

  • Course Attendance: 100% required
  • Testing: All testing is done with New England Maritime. You DO NOT test with the Coast Guard.
  • Certification: Upon successful completion (attendance and passing required exams), you will receive a New England Maritime Certificate of Training.
  • Note: Individuals who began sea service prior to February 1, 1997 need to complete Basic Safety Training at some point if they wish to advance to a license or certificate that will have an STCW certificate valid after February 1, 2002


    STCW Basic Safety Course Dates - Hyannis, MA

    • Full Course (all five days)
      COST: $975.00
      • Mar 3-7, 2014
      • May 5-9, 2014
      • Sept 15-19, 2014
      • Nov 10-14, 2014

    • Basic Firefighting ONLY
      COST: $425.00
      • Mar 3-4, 2014
      • May 5-6, 2014 
      • Sept 15-16, 2014
      • Nov 10-11, 2014

    • Elementary First Aid/CPR ONLY
      COST: $100.00
      • March 5, 2014
      • May 7, 2014
      • September 17, 2014
      • November 12, 2014

    • Personal Survival ONLY
      COST: $350.00
      • March 6-7, 2014
      • May 8-9, 2014
      • September 18-19, 2014
      • November 13-14, 2014

    • Personal Safety/Social Responsibility ONLY
      COST: $100.00
      • March 6, 2014
      • May 8, 2014
      • September 18, 2014
      • November 13, 2014


    Deposit Required $350.00
    Cancellation Policy: Deposits are refundable if written cancellation is received more than 14 days prior to course start date, less an administration fee of $100 and the cost of books. Cancellations made 14 days or less from the course date will forfeit full deposit plus cost of books received. A student requesting a move to a future class will be assessed a $100 fee and cancellation policy will remain in effect as of original class date. A full refund if class size minimum is not met.


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