In order to be qualified for more opportunities in the maritime industry, you need to get your STCW Basic Safety Training Course. These are basic safety training available in the Philippines which are done within one (1) day and is the legal minimum requirement for seafarers who wish to work aboard vessels more than 24 meters.
What is STCW ‘95 Training?
A career in the maritime industry is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Thus, the STCW training in the Philippines provides familiarization training as well as basic safety training to aspiring Filipino seafarers. These programs aim to make sure that seafarers who board various ships are aware of the hazards of working on a vessel and are well trained on emergency response when the need arises.
The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping of Seafarers (STCW) is a training that is composed of five (5) MCA accredited courses: Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, Basic Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Personal Survival Techniques, Personal First Aid and Proficiency in Security Awareness. Each course is essential for a seafarer’s survival while s/he is aboard a ship in the middle of the open sea.
Personal safety and social responsibility
The Personal Safety and Social Responsibility Module of the STCW ‘95 Training provides knowledge of fundamental prevention and survival techniques. It includes both theoretical and practical sessions, investigating causes of distress, knowledge and use of vessel equipment, personal survival skills and use of search and rescue organizations.
Basic fire prevention and fire fighting
The basic fire prevention and fire fighting module deals with the necessary safety precautions to minimize the risk of fire while onboard a ship. This course follows the basic STCW fire fighting syllabus and is taught by fire service instructors. It examines the cause of fire and the first steps in extinguishing them. It includes hands on training in using fire fighting equipment, and the use of breathing equipment for fire fighting and rescue.
Personal Survival Techniques
This training module provides knowledge on essential prevention and survival techniques. It includes both theoretical and practical sessions, investigating source of distress, knowledge and use of equipment, launch and recovery of life rafts, preparation for survival, personal survival skills, and use of search and rescue organizations. Exercises in this module are supervised by qualified staff and can be taken even by non-swimmers.
Personal first aid
This module is a combination of theory and practical application, giving you essential knowledge on how to respond to common injuries while onboard such as burns and scalds, broken bones, bleeding, and shock. Students will receive training on how to properly administer CPR, different bandaging methods, how to properly move a patient, and how to improvise when there is no equipment available.
Proficiency in security awareness
As mandated by the revised STCW 2010 Code, all seafarers must receive the approved security awareness training before they are allowed to aboard any vessel. This course provides those without designated security duties the essential training on the requirements as mandated by the STCW Code. It covers the importance of ship security and the roles of those involved, as well as the requirements and measures to maintain ship security and the standard procedure in case of a security threat.
The final assessment for an STCW ‘95 Training contains physical exercises, that is why it is important for the examinee to be in good healthy condition before taking his/her exam. Once passed, the participant will receive a certificate as proof that s/he has received his/her STCW ‘95 Training in the Philippines.
Upon receiving his/her STCW ‘95 certificate, an aspiring seafarer will then be qualified to aboard various trade ships around the world. It helps that you get your STCW ‘95 training early on to avoid hassle. Good luck!