Recruits can expect a flurry of paperwork, haircuts, uniform and gear issue, medical evaluations and the initial strength test.

Basic Training

About Course

STCW Basic Training (BT) or STCW Basic Safety Training (BST) as it is called formerly, is required for seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on board ship at all levels such as deck and engine room rating qualifications, for most navigation, and all engineering certificates of competency. The course is for new entrants to the larger ships in the marine industry, or experienced mariners who have not had previous safety training, with the knowledge and skills to contain, report, and respond to a marine emergency, fight fires, abandon ship and understand the basics of workplace safety.

The STCW Basic (Safety) Training course is also the legal minimum requirement for anyone looking for commercial work aboard vessels over 24 meters, including Superyachts and Cruise ships. For receiving a certificate of Basic Safety Training, the delegate must not younger than 18 years, and meet the standard of competence for certificates of Basic Safety Training set out in various STCW sections. Participants will be assessed against the learning outcomes by using direct observation and oral and/or written questions as appropriate.


  • Communications, Control of Fatigue, Teamwork, and marine environmental awareness
  • Refresher Training may take the form of e-learning, shipboard drills and training or shore based training
  • Basic Safety Training will require refresher training every five years