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STCW Basic Training


Price (Per Person): Please contact the VHNZ team on 0800 72 33 848 


STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (for Seafarers). Before embarking as a crew member on board a commercial vessel such as offshore fleet, tankers, ferries, super yachts and passenger vessels, it is now mandatory to complete a series of short courses known as STCW Basic Safety training or STCW Basic Courses. 

The STCW Basic Training programme is a practical marine course covering safety onboard, survival and rescue. On the completion of this course you will receive and internationally recognised certificate that will enable you to work on board vessels throughout the world including Super Yachts and Cruise Ships.

Course Outline

  • Fire Prevention and Firefighting (FPFF) - 2.5 days: A theory and practical based course ensures crew responding to fires understands the of fire dynamics, fire prevention systems available, and maintaining a state of readiness to respond to the various types of fire classes.
  • Elementary First Aid (EFA) - 1.5 days: A practical and theory based course, examining common medical emergencies that can occur on-board, including CPR. Includes NZQA unit standards 6401, 6402 and 6400.
  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST) - 2 days: A theory and swimming pool based practical course. Crew members learn the principals of survival sea, actions to be taken when called to survival craft, dangers to survivors, and equipment available.
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR) - 1 day: A theory based course. Knowledge of types of vessels, observe safe working practices onboard, types of emergencies, human relationships, and ways to prevent pollution onboard.
  • Security Awareness (SA) - 4 hours: Security on board and security threats. 

Basic Training

Basic training includes PSSR, EFA, PST, FPFF, SA and are normally delivered together. However, the courses can be delivered separately if required.

CROWD MANAGEMENT TRAINING can be added to this course if required. This is required for all crew members with a duty to assist passengers on board ships - ie. Cook Strait Ferries and Cruise Ships. Minimum of 10 trainees required to confirm this addition, and will add 1 extra day to the course duration.

Entry Requirements

  • Trainees must be able to swim unaided for 25m and be able to float unaided for 60 seconds.
  • A fully completed and signed enrolment form - Download form
  • Proof of identity - e.g passport, drivers licence etc.
  • A current seafarers medical certificate or a completed VHNZ medical form - Download form


Personal Survival Techniques (PST) and Fire Prevention and Firefighting Techniques (FPFF) require refresher training every FIVE years.

Special Notes

  • There is an additional venue charge for the Personal Survival Techniques component.
  • Location to be arranged at the time of booking. If training is onsite, a site examination can be carried out by VHNZ prior to your training course, to ensure course content is tailored for your unique working environment.
  • Meals can be provided on request.
  • Public courses are also available from time to time however this depends on the demand. Courses with space available can be found at
7.5 days
MIN 10
MAX 15

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