STCW Basic Training £300 for Survival, First Aid, PSSR and PSA
Monthly MCA STCW basic training takes place in our Plymouth based classroom. We limit the number of people on our courses keeping them small and friendly, our instructors have an enthusiasm for their specialist subjects which is reflected in their teaching. Prices start from £80 per course including training materials and lunch for day long courses. Click to view our dates and costs

We combine the 4 elements of STCW Basic Training together with the PSA into a 5 day course, if you’re unable to attend all 5 days it is possible to book each element individually.

MCA STCW 95 Basic Training Personal Survival Techniques Plymouth, Devon

Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Reg VI/1 Section A-VI/1 para 2.1.1)
One day course based in the classroom and in a pool Covering essential basic knowledge and experience of personal survival principles and techniques that can be applied to maximise chances in a survival situation.
Download our STCW Personal Survival Techniques Fact Sheet.

Cost: £120

Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (STCW Reg VI/1 Section A-VI/1 para 2.1.2)
The two day firefighting element takes place at Red 1 Ltd (the Devon & Somerset Fire Service) training centre in Plymouth. This practical course follows the STCW basic fire fighting syllabus and is taught by the fire service instructors allowing you to tackle fires in a variety of situations.

Cost: £546 for the 2 day course.

Red 1 Ltd have their own booking system so you will need to book/pay directly with them by calling 01392444773 or emailing
You can find more information on Red 1 Ltd’s Fire courses here.

Elementary First Aid (STCW Reg VI/1 Section A-VI/1 para 2.1.3)
This one day course  gives a foundation knowledge of the immediate action to be taken upon encountering an accident or other medical emergency.
Download our STCW Elementary First Aid Fact Sheet.

Cost: £120
1:1 courses available at dates to suit for £250

Personal Safety & Social Responsibility – PSSR (STCW Reg VI/1 Section A-VI/1 para 2.1.4)
This half day course provides a basic induction in safety procedures and accident prevention and familiarisation of the employment conditions and working environment on board merchant vessels.
Download our STCW PSSR Fact Sheet.

Cost: £80 or £120 if combined with Security Awareness
1:1 courses available at dates to suit for £150 or £250 for the combined course.

MCA Master 200 oral preparation in Plymouth Devon

Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW Reg VI/6 Section A-VI/6 para 4)
This 1/2 day  training is now required by all personnel employed or engaged onboard ships to which the ISPS coded applies. It is part of the STCW but separate to the Basic Training elements. The course provides the necessary knowledge, understanding and proficiency to personnel intending to work on ships who will not have any designated security duties.
Download our STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness fact sheet.

Cost: £80 or £120 if combined with PSSR
1:1 courses available at dates to suit for £150 or £250 for the combined course.

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
A 1 day course now required by all personnel employed or engaged onboard ships to which the ISPS coded applies and who have a designated security role onboard. It is part of the STCW but separate to the Basic Training elements. The objective of this course is to give those undertaking designated security duties onboard ship the essential education and training required by the STCW and ISPS codes.

Cost: £150
1:1 courses available at dates to suit for £250

STCW Basic Training Package Offer
Our STCW Basic Training elements have been scheduled over consecutive days. If you need to complete all elements, we have reduced the price to £300 (excluding the Fire Course). The Elements need to be booked at the same time but don’t need to be completed in the same month, offering more flexibility for the same price.

STCW Enhanced Basic Training Package Offer
The Enhanced package includes the Basic Elements of Survival, First Aid and PSSR and the 1 day Proficiency in Designated Security Duties courses. The price of this package has been reduced to £400 (excluding the Fire Course).

The RYA VHF SRC Online course can be added to the Enhanced package for £50 (not including the £60 RYA Exam Fee) as long as it’s all purchased together.

If you’d like to book a place on either STCW package, please contact our office for details.

Super yacht package
For people intending to work on Superyachts, we have put together the following package at a reduced price of £750 to help you ensure that you have the necessary qualifications. The training is 6 days overall and comprises the following:

RYA VHF SRC licence – online course (additional exam fee of £60)
MCA STCW Elementary First Aid
MCA STCW Personal Survival Techniques
MCA STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilties
MCA STCW Proficiency Designated Security Duties
RYA Powerboat Level 2

The Fire course is a requirement of STCW Basic Training and would need to be booked via the Fire Service.

Our classroom is located in Turnchapel Wharf in Plymouth with easy access to the major routes from Devon and Cornwall being about 15 minutes from the A38. To the East, the end of the M5 at Exeter is just under 55 minutes away and to the West Falmouth is under 2 hours. Plymouth train station is about 20 minutes away with frequent trains to London and the Midlands.

MCA STCW Basic training encompasses four elements or courses. These courses arm you with an understanding in firefighting and use of fire fighting equipment; reacting to emergency situations and evacuation procedures; sea survival and safety at sea; and first aid knowledge.
Crew working on vessels over 24m
MCA Master (Code Vessel <200) Limited and Unlimited
RYA Yachtmaster Commercial with STCW endorsement
Operators, skippers and crew of commercial vessels
No. Although you should be fit enough for the fire fighting elements and a two hour pool session. We do offer lots of tea and coffee throughout the day, to keep you going…