Personal Survival Techniques

Course Title

Personal Survival Techniques

Course duration and timing

The training shall be not less than eight contact hours

Learning outcomes

There are six outcomes to the training

  • Outcome 1: The learner knows the main types of maritime emergencies.
  • Outcome 2: The learner knows the survival equipment used during a maritime emergency.
  • Outcome 3: The learner understands the principles of survival during a maritime emergency.
  • Outcome 4: The learner knows how to abandon ship during a maritime emergency.
  • Outcome 5: The learner knows how to be able to survive in the water during a maritime emergency.
  • Outcome 6: The learner knows how to use a survival craft during a maritime emergency.


The training should be provided in three parts:  Instruction on basic principles and procedures;  ‘Dry’ demonstration of raft and equipment;  Practical wet drill.  The training must cover the use of survival craft and associated equipment, together with the actions which should be taken by each person to overcome or minimise the immediate threats to life at each stage of a survival situation, i.e. prior to abandonment, at abandonment, and aboard survival craft.

Target Group for the Course-Aim

To give seafarers the essential education and training in personal survival techniques meeting the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) requirements set out in the following:

  • Table A-VI/1-1
  • Function: Personal survival techniques
  • Competence: Survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment

Rules and standards

Table A-V/2 of the STCW Code
Merchant Navy Training Board Criteria

Maximum number of participants

For theory sessions the trainer to learner ratio should not exceed 1:24

Course pre-requisites

The learner must be at least 16 years of age to be issued with a Certificate of Proficiency. In exceptional circumstances where a learner is physically able and fit they may be able to complete the training course prior to her/his 16th birthday. Training centres must ensure, through pre-course information and screening, that learners are fit to participate in all aspects of the training. In particular, they must be made aware of the practical aspects of the training and the physically demanding nature of some of the exercises. If there is any doubt as to an individual’s ability to participate in such exercises an appropriate risk assessment should be carried out to determine what is required in order to proceed in a safe manner. Training centres may consider utilising the UK ENG1 medical certificate, or equivalent, as an indicator of fitness.

Course site

Tema Safety & Training S.R.L. Training Centre
Via della Transumanza n. 5/C – 74123 Contrada Carmine (Taranto) – ITALY
Tel. +39.0994725898 Fax +39.0994725690 web: Aula/Classroom:

  •  Classroom placed at the first floor of the Training Centre
  •  Classroom placed at the fire fighting training ground in via del Tratturello Tarantino, 6 – 74123 Taranto

Course Director

Caterina LA NEVE

Course Deputy Director

Ing. Davide Giuseppe FARILLA

Training media, facilities and equipment in compliance with the MNTB Criteria

Certificate issued

On achievement of the desired standard of competence, a certificate will be issued by the centre in the format shown in Annex D (i) of the MNTB Criteria.
Where the training is delivered as part of a basic training course, a combined certificate of completion of training may be issued based on the format at Annex D (ii) of the MNTB Criteria. The titles of each section must be included on the certificate.


Services included

  • Teaching material for tests and practicals
  • Lunch
  • Insurance coverage
  • Shuttle service to / from Taranto railway station / TST