STCW Personal Survival Techniques


Programme Overview Programme Overview

STCW Personal Survival Techniques (PST) is a one day sea survival course.

This training is intended to meet the requirements as set out in Regulation VI/1 of the STCW convention and STCW Code Section A-VI/1 Paragraph

Classroom theory in Personal Survival Techniques, Safety Equipment onboard, use of Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Maintenance of safety equipment, Musters and Drills, Abandon ship, life raft equipment, survival techniques onboard the raft. Role of the Emergency Services.

Practical Exercise in the Pool. Launching the raft, Boarding the raft dry/wet. Taking injured casualties onboard the raft. Procedure for righting an up turned life raft.

Programme information Programme information

Next Programme Dates

NFCI, Greencastle Co Donegal


NFCI Castletownbere, Co. Cork


Who is the Programme for

Seafarers who require a STCW Personal Survival Techniques certificate.



National Fisheries College of Ireland (NFCI), Castletownbere, Co. Cork.

National Fisheries College of Ireland (NFCI), Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

This programme is also delivered at various locations throughout Ireland in BIM Coastal Training Units (CTUs).


Duration and Timetable

Short course delivered over 1 day.


Training Delivery

Three classroom theory sessions followed by one practical session in a sea survival pool or swimming pool.



On successful completion of this programme, the learner will receive a STCW Personal Survival Techniques Certificate, issued by BIM on behalf of Department of Transport.


Entry Requirements


Employment Opportunities

Mandatory course for seafarers.



Practical & written examination.




Additional information

Additional information will be provided in the joining instructions letter.


For more information contact

National Fisheries College of Ireland (Cork)

Castletownbere, Co Cork

National Fisheries College of Ireland (Donegal)

Greencastle, Co Donegal