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The course provides all the personnel operating on ships with a sea survival training session in accordance with the code IMO STCW’95/10.

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
  • How to take care of injured people during and after the ship abandon
  • First aid kit and resuscitation techniques

Practical training in a 10.000 sqm artificial pond

  • Rowing test on life boat

Certificate recognized by general command of the Coast Guard
(only after passing both theoretical and practical tests)

  • Inscription to the register “gente di mare” (“seafarers”)
  • PSSR certification (personal safety and social responsibilities)
  • Valid biennial medical examination
  • Passport and medical certificate

The course provides the minimum training requirements for personnel involved in maritime activities.

In particular, the course aims at providing knowledge and competences necessary to the use of individual and collective life-saving appliances.

Instructors who have been authorized by the general command of the Coast Guard through decree issued by the Minister of infrastructures and transport

Theoretical/practical aspects

Emergency situations which can occur at sea

Lifesaving appliances available on ships

General principles and survival techniques

International norms

Actions to be performed during ship evacuation

Practical session

Ship evacuation, life boat/raft reaching, helicopter rescue and injured people management


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Additional notes

Duration: 20 hours + ministerial examination

Category: Maritime

Code: M02

Target Audience: Personnel operating on ships and offshore installations

Validity: 5 years

Course Location: Apt Safety Group - Via delle Azalee, 21 - 27016 Sant'Alessio con Vialone (PV)

Participants: Min 6 - Max 20

Questions? Call us at:
+39 0382.538026
Mon - Fri 8:00 - 17:30

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