STCW Basic Training Certificate & PDSD

STCW Basic Training (5 modules – PDSD, PSSR, PST, First Aid and Fire Fighting)

  • This is essential for any crew member on board (it is Maritime law)
  • Course duration: 11 days (always from a Thursday to the next Sunday)
  • This course runs from 08:00 to 17:00 every day
  • Price:  R 8 750
  • Accommodation not included
  • Please contact us for availability and dates
  • This course is a total separate course than the SYSA Steward/ess course and cannot be taken on the same dates as the Stew course
  • The STCW course DOES NOT give information regarding visas, CV writing, how to find a job, Offshore Bank accounts, job interviews, crew agents, where to go, work skills of a Steward/ess, etc. – that is all covered during the SYSA Steward/ess course only
  • Note about the STCW PDSD (Proficiency in Designated Security Duties) STCW – Manila Amendments – (This is above and beyond the compulsory STCW Basic 4 Module training). As of 01/01/2014 new provisions of the Manila Amendments to STCW concerning Security Training are now in effect. Everyone who works on an ISPS compliant yacht must now hold the following certificate:  Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) (all crew must hold this by Jan 2015)

A super yacht steward/ess must fulfil his/her safety and security role in a case of an emergency. His/her role will depend on the position, the size of the vessel and his/her qualifications. His/her role will be allocated to her by the Captain or Chief Officer (again depending on the size of the vessel) and must be taken very seriously.

What is the STCW & PDSD and is it Essential that I Complete it?

  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (STCW A-VI/6 – 2)
  • Elementary First Aid (STCW Code A-VI/1 – 3)
  • Marine Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (STCW Code A-VI/1 – 2)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW Code A-VI/1 – 4)
  • Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Code A-VI/1 – 1)

All these above modules together make the full basic STCW (including PDSD, EFA, PSSR, PST and Marine Fire Fighting)

Without the STCW modules, you won’t get a job – not a legitimate one at least. This is a Basic Safety Course that anyone who wishes to work on a sea-going vessel has to complete.  It is a legislated requirement by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and you need it whether you are going to work on an oil rig, Cruise Ship or the fanciest mega yacht in St Tropez.  We will never suggest any kind of training package without including this course as part of your essential training.  Due to the strong competition for jobs on super yachts, it is strongly advised to complete more courses than just the STCW Basic Training Certificate and PDSD.