Personal Survival Techniques
Techniques for Surviving an Emergency at Sea
ERGT Australia’s Personal Survival Training course delivers the skills and knowledge required to survive emergencies at sea. This course is one of the short course requirements for the AMSA issued CoST.
This course is designed for Seafarers in any capacity working on board vessels operating in international waters.
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The expected learning outcomes for the Basic Safety and Security Awareness Training in Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Code A VI/1-1) include the ability to:
- Survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment
The expected learning outcomes for this Nationally Recognised Training unit MARF009 Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment are:
- Respond to emergency
- Launch survival craft and rescue boats
- Operate survival craft and rescue boats
- Operate lifesaving and survival equipment on board survival craft and rescue boats
- Assume responsibility for survival of crew and passengers
ERGT Desired Skills and Knowledge
It is desirable (but not mandatory) that trainees come to the course with a specific range of skills and knowledge as listed:
- Maritime experience on coastal or larger vessels
- Watchkeeping skills
- Abandonment procedures
- Knowledge of ships procedures
- Hazards and risks in the maritime environment
- Common types of emergencies at sea
ERGT have identified the following supporting courses that contribute to your ability to meet the desired skills and knowledge. These are:
- Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities STCW Reg VI/1 and Code Section A-VI/1, Table A-VI/1-4
- Security Awareness Training STCW Reg VI/6 and Code Section A-VI/1, Table A-VI/6-1
- Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting STCW Reg VI/1 and Code Section A-VI/1, Table A-VI/1-2
If you do not have the recommended skills and knowledge please contact ERGT to discuss your options.
Medical and Health Standards
A medical certificate is not required for this course, however a health questionnaire and declaration of fitness will be required at course registration. Please contact ERGT for any concerns regarding completion of practical training and assessment requirements and to discuss options for reasonable adjustments.
A government issued photo identification and valid USI is required for course registration.
Please bring swimwear and towel for in water activities.
Note: Trainees are required to apply for their STCW certification directly to AMSA through Form 419 which attracts an AMSA prescribed fee. This fee is not covered by the ERGT course fee.
Structure and Assessment
This course is delivered through classroom presentations, activities and participant discussion as well as practical components within a simulated workplace environment. Trainees are assessed through written and practical assessment.
It is an AMSA requirement to successfully revalidate this training by completing a Personal Survival Training Continued Competence course every 5 years.
Authority / Regulator
– Nationally Recognised Training is regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector.
– STCW training delivered in Australia is regulated by the AMSA, which is Australia’s national agency responsible for maritime safety.