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Basic Training - with visuals!

heatherpetersonheatherpeterson Director of StaffingPosts: 91 admin
edited October 2018 in Ship-Bound
Basic Training is offered at many different locations throughout the world and the content is the same - regulated by STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping). We offer a US Coast Guard-approved course and the pictures below are from some recent classes.

Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR). The PSSR course focuses on life on board a ship, hazards, work environments, safety equipment – tools, personal communication and relationships, plus other topics.

Elementary First Aid (with Adult CPR). This course is covered with the American Red Cross Standard First Aid with Adult CPR / AED courses, which give you a great starting point for responding to medical emergencies.

Personal Survival Techniques (sea survival). The PST course is designed to teach you essential skills for water survival - such as you might encounter if abandoning ship during an emergency at sea. Practical in-water exercises will be conducted at an indoor swimming pool.


Basic Fire Fighting. The topics of the Basic Fire Fighting course include fire prevention, what makes up a fire, how to fight the fire, fire safety, safety equipment, fire fighter gear and communication. The practical exercises are done at our fire-training field with full fire-fighting gear.


Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA). Undertaken by all seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on ships that are required to comply with the ISPS Code. The course subjects will include: How to contribute to the enhancement of maritime security through heightened awareness, & how to recognize security threats, understanding the need for, and methods of maintaining security awareness and vigilance.

The fire-fighting, swimming pool and CPR practical efforts are strenuous. It is our firm desire not to have any injuries while we are training. If for any reason you have any concerns, please communicate this to your Placement Facilitator prior to Basic Training.

Physical Requirements. The fire-fighting, swimming pool, and CPR activities are strenuous, which include the following tasks: Wear fire-fighting bunker gear that weighs around 30 pounds; Rescue (drag) a 165-pound dummy; Jump in the pool from a 2 meter platform with and without an immersion suit; Board and exit a life raft in the pool; Tread water for one minute without a life jacket; and perform CPR on a mannequin on the ground.

What You Need to Provide. During the field portion of the fire-fighting training it is recommended that you wear cool, comfortable clothes such as “workout” clothes under the bunker gear. Long socks are also recommended as the boots rubbing on your legs can get irritating. For CPR/First Aid Training, you will be moving around on the ground so comfortable clothes are suggested and skirts or dresses are discouraged. The Personal Water Survival training will require you to wear a MODEST one piece bathing suit or swimming trunks. Cover-ups are optional, but need to be polyester or lycra (no cotton).


Let us know if you have any questions!

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