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The course provides all the personnel operating on ships and offshore installations with sea survival training in accordance with IMO STCW’95.

Theoretical aspects

  • Emergency situations that can occur: collision, fire, sinking
  • Lifesaving appliances on ships
  • The necessity of survival principles
  • The value of training and practice
  • The necessity to be ready for every emergency and to be aware of:


  • Information on Emergency roles:
  • Assembly points
  • Signals expressing the necessity to reach life boats and the firefighting stations
  • life jackets position
  • fire alarm control systems position
  • Escape means
  • Actions to be undertaken in assembly points
    • Wearing an appropriate clothing
    • Wearing a life jacket
    • Collecting supplementary protections, such as blankets (if the weather allows it)
  • Actions to be undertaken if the ship must be abandoned
    • How to get on a life boat from the shift or from the water
    • How to throw oneself into the sea from a certain height and how to reduce risks of injuries when impacting with water
  • Actions to be undertaken in water
    • How to survive in case of
    • Fire or petroleum in water
    • Cold conditions
    • Shark-infested waters
    • How to straighten an overturned life boat
  • Actions to be undertaken on a life boat
    • Moving away from the ship
    • Protection against cold and extreme heat
    • Use of floating anchor or cape anchor
    • Lookout service
    • Rescue and treatment of survivors
    • Checks to verify that the equipment is ready for use
    • Staying in proximity


The greatest dangers for survivors and general principles of survival


  • Sun, wind, rain and sea exposure
  • The importance of suitable clothing
  • Protection measures and lifesaving appliances
  • hypothermia
  • the importance of preserving liquid within the body
  • protection against seasickness
  • right use of drinkable water and food
  • effects of sea water drinking
  • ways to facilitate the recovery of missing people
  • to keep the moral up


Practical session

  • Throwing a self-inflatable raft in the swimming pool and open it
  • Life jacket correct wearing
  • Entry in water from a 3-meter height, with a life jacket on
  • Swimming with life jacket and waves (created by a generator)
  • Staying afloat without life jacket
  • Getting on a life raft from the ship or form water (with life jacket) in different conditions
    • Favourable weather conditions (individual and collective exercise)
    • Rain, waves (individual and collective exercise)
  • Help the others get on the life boats/rafts
  • Using the life boats/rafts equipment (portable radio device)
  • Use floating or cape anchors
  • How to live on a life raft (collective exercise)
  • How to get off the life raft (individual exercise)
  • How to throw a raft in water and how to inflate it, incidents (collective exercise)
  • How to turn an overturned life raft, wearing a life jacket, in favourable conditions, without people on board (individual exercise)
  • How to turn an overturned life raft with a person on board and unfavourable conditions (rain- collective exercise)
  • How to be rescued by a helicopter
  • How to leave a flooded space with life jackets on (collective exercise)
  • How to make a life jacket by using a coveralls
  • How to use signalling equipment
  • To take care of injured people during and after the ship abandon
  • First aid techniques and resuscitation


Practical training in a 10.000 sqm artificial pond

  • Rowing test on life boat
  • Inscription to the register “gente di mare” (seafarers)
  • PSSR certificate (personal safety and social responsibilities)
  • Passport and medical certificate

Course available on request

Certificate recognized by general command of the Coast Guard

(only after passing both theoretical and practical tests)


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Additional notes

Duration: 24 hours + Ministerial examination

Category: Offshore

Code: O16

Target Audience: Personnel operating on offshore structures and ships

Validity: 5 years

Course Location: c/o APT Academy

Participants: Max 20

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