Enhanced Safety Scheme

Apply for our Enhanced Safety Training Scheme and PFD fitted with a Personal Locator Beacon

BIM’s Enhanced Safety Training Scheme is a 1-day course designed to provide the skipper and crews of registered fishing vessels with on-going training in personal survival techniques, first aid, fire fighting, and health and safety in the workplace. Those successfully completing the course (or, in the case of new entrants, those successfully completing BIM’s 3-day Basic Safety Training) may also avail of a special incentive under BIM’s Safety Equipment Scheme. This provides grant aid of up to 60% towards the cost of purchasing Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) fitted with an integrated Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).

This Enhanced Safety Training Scheme complements BIM’s Basic Safety Training programme and Fleet Safety Grant Aid Scheme and is intended to further enhance survival prospects following man overboard accidents at sea as well as the search and rescue functions of the emergency services.

Who is Eligible Who is Eligible

All persons operating or working onboard Irish registered fishing vessels less than 15 meters in length.

What is Funded What is Funded

1-day Enhanced Safety Training course including a Personal Flotation Device fitted with a Personal Locator Beacon.

Amounts Granted Amounts Granted

The following rates apply in every case:

Replace your PFD

You can replace your Mullion Compact 150N PFD with the new Mullion Compact Supreme at the next PFD service date. Your current beacon will be transferred to the new PFD.

The cost is:

For full grant criteria please read your application form.

How to Apply How to Apply


Download the Application Form

Enhanced Safety Training Scheme Application Form




Submit Completed Application Form and Relevant Documents

  • by post: John Connaughton, Skills Business Unit, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Crofton Rd., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • by email: your application to john.connaughton@bim.ie

For more information contact applications@bim.ie or

Training Services Manager

John Connaughton