Book on one of our Upcoming PST Courses below. Future dates are available, please contact the office for details.

This training is intended to meet the requirements set out in Table A-VI/1-1 of the STCW Code and unit A11 of the marine national occupational standards. The greatest and most immediate threat to life in the event of abandoning ship is cold exposure. Precautions to protect against it, together with knowledge of survival equipment and its use, is the main message of this training. Other problems that a survivor will encounter are covered so as to ensure the highest possible chances of survival. 

The objective of the training is to give all persons intending to go to sea the essential basic knowledge and experience of personal survival principles and techniques that can be applied to maximise their chances.

The aim is to give an understanding of how to use the safety equipment carried onboard. This course covers preparation for survival, lifejackets, search & rescue and a practical session with a liferaft, either in the river near Turnchapel or in a local pool.

Plymouth Dates


Course Date Duration Price
MCA STCW Personal Survival Techniques and/or refresher course 11 Jul - 11 Jul 2024 1 day £ 160.00 Book Now
MCA STCW Personal Survival Techniques and/or refresher course 25 Jul - 25 Jul 2024 1 day £ 160.00 Book Now
MCA STCW Personal Survival Techniques and/or refresher course 15 Aug - 15 Aug 2024 1 day £ 160.00 Book Now

Plymouth Price: £160
London Price: £POA
Teaching Ratio:
16:1 and 8:1 during practical sessions 
Assumed Knowledge:
1 Day


Achievement of the desired standard of competence will be attested to by a certificate issued by the centre. The Certificate will state that the candidate has; completed a programme of training by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as meeting the requirements laid down in; 2.1.1 of Section VI/1 of the STCW Code.

Costs Include:

  • Lunch & Refreshments
  • Course Notes Book
  • Use of Overalls & Survival Equipment


Course Content:

  • Preparation for Sea Survival: emergency situations, training drills & their importance, survival requirements, abandoning vessel & muster points, primary & secondary actions onboard liferaft
  • Equipment: equipment available, aids to locations, survival suits & TPA, lifejackets, entering water from height, safety harnesses, donning procedures, life rafts, stowage & containment, helping injured persons
  • Practical Wet Drill: Liferaft launching, boarding dry & wet, jumping from poolside or board, increasing survival in water, capsize drill, abandonment 

Courses are non-residential, so accommodation is required in one of the many hotels or guest houses near the Centre. We can provide a list of recommendations.