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STCW'95 Training

STCW'95 stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping and came into international effect in February 2003 in order to govern safety on board MCA red flagged vessels.

Most people who work onboard Cruise Ships will need by law to have undertaken STCW basic safety training. This training is designed to keep you and your fellow crew and passenger's safe. Safety training is essential because for many crew, their first position on board can be their first time on board a ship. The knowledge of what to do and how to cope in the unlikely event of a crisis is vital.

STCW'95 Training

STCW Training by Red Ensign

Red Ensign is a maritime training school based in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom). We run STCW'95 Basic Safety Training courses every other week for people who either are going to work onboard cruise ships or work on super yachts.

Basic Safety Training consists of four courses: Elementary First Aid, Personal Sea Survival Techniques, Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention and Personal Safety and Social Responsibility.

Here at Red Ensign we run the four courses over five days. On Monday we usually run the Elementary First Aid course. This course gives students a basic knowledge of what immediate action needs to be taken when there is an accident or medical emergency. At the end of this course you will have knowledge, understanding and proficiency of basic first aid.

The Personal Survival Techniques course usually takes place on a Tuesday. Most PST courses take place in a swimming pool. Here at Red Ensign the course is realistic and practical and takes place in the waters of the Solent where you will get the opportunity to jump into cold water, practice survival techniques in the sea and work with others to learn survival techniques. This course is terrific fun, and unlike real-life conditions, students are provided with dry-suits and thermal clothing.

The Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention course takes place over two days and is exciting and predominantly practical. Our training facility "MV Vital Spark" provides a unique fire fighting training facility. At the end of this course you will know how many fires are caused and you will have been taught precautions in order to minimise the risk of fire.

The training week concludes with the Personal and Social Responsibility Course on Friday. The purpose of this course is to give students who are going to work at sea a basic introduction to safety procedures and accident prevention and to familiarise them with the employment conditions and working environment on board merchant vessels.

At the end of each course there is a check or learning assessment. At the end of each day we also ask candidates to honestly fill out an evaluation form so that we can monitor the quality of our instruction. Individual certificates for each course are issued to students at the end of the week, as long as assessments have been completed satisfactorily.

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