STCW Basic Safety Training Week

About this course

Essential training for seafarers

STCW 2010 requires all seafarers to receive basic safety training or instruction in accordance with section A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. The minimum requirements for familiarisation and basic safety training are contained within the Basic Safety Training Week (BSTW) and meet the appropriate standard of competence.

The components of BSTW are also a requirement for holders of a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean looking to work towards the MCA STCW Master Yacht 200GT (OOW 500GT). The training requirements also include Masters and deck officers on workboats of over 24m and less than 500GT.

Student testimonial

The courses were taught in a fun, energetic and enthusiastic way and the combination of theory, short films and photographs, and extensive practical elements were very well balanced…although there were a lot of topics, the course has really managed to teach me a lot.

Riejanneke, superyacht crew

Course components

Basic Safety Training Week is made up of four courses which meet the minimum STCW 2010 familiarisation and basic safety training requirements and can either be booked as a single programme of training over one week, or booked individually.

Although it is not a mandatory part of the basic safety training programme, we have included the Proficiency in Security Awareness course during this week at no extra cost for those who book the BSTW as a single programme.

Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

A classroom-based course covering basic induction training in safety procedures and accident prevention, it also familiarises novices with the employment conditions and working environment on board.

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

Outlines precautions for minimising the risk of fire, the causes of fires and how to extinguish them. Also practical training using fire fighting equipment and breathing apparatus to extinguish various types and sizes of fires.

Personal Survival Techniques

Teaches the actions to be taken by individuals to protect themselves in emergency situations and includes practical training using life jackets and inflatable life rafts.

Elementary First Aid

A combination of theory and practical training for basic first aid and life-saving skills.

Proficiency in Security Awareness

Providing knowledge, understanding and proficiency to personnel intending to work on ships who will not have any designated security duties.

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.


If you wish to book the entire week online please choose a date from the table at the end of this page. To book an individual course only please click on the link below for your required course:


There are a number of good value accommodation options in Warsash, and in the surrounding areas. See Warsash Housing, the online cadet and officer accommodation service, to search for available options.

Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Yes Enquire
Monday 25 November 2019 Yes £999 Book
Monday 2 December 2019 Yes £999 Book
Monday 9 December 2019 Yes £999 Book
Monday 6 January 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 13 January 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 20 January 2020 No £999 Enquire
Monday 3 February 2020 No £999 Enquire
Monday 10 February 2020 No £999 Enquire
Monday 17 February 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 24 February 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 2 March 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 16 March 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 30 March 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 20 April 2020 No £999 Enquire
Monday 27 April 2020 No £999 Enquire
Monday 11 May 2020 No £999 Enquire
Monday 18 May 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 8 June 2020 No £999 Enquire
Monday 15 June 2020 No £999 Enquire
Monday 29 June 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 6 July 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 13 July 2020 Yes £999 Book
Monday 27 July 2020 Yes £999 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 25 November 2019


One week





Career opportunities

Basic requirement for superyachts and merchant navy.



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