Proficiency in Survival Craft Training Course


This 4-day Proficiency in Survival Craft course provides instruction in the responsibilities and duties required of those managing and directing lifeboat operations. Students will be provided opportunities to learn and demonstrate skills through a series of practical operations and instruction aimed at simulating the actions to be taken with a lifeboat when abandoning a vessel.


Following the completion of training, students will be able to demonstrate the skills necessary to meet STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping) requirements for Lifeboatman and Proficiency in Survival Craft endorsement.


The Proficiency in Survival Craft course will cover the following topics:

  • How to use life-saving equipment
  • Managing a lifeboat or rescue vessel
  • Operation of survival craft engines
  • Support and maintain craft and survivors after leaving the main vessel
  • Understand the use of locational tools (communication and signal apparatus)
  • First aid and life-saving skills


At the conclusion of the course, students will be required to complete a 75-question written test and achieve a minimum passing score of 70%. Additionally, students must successfully complete a practical test to demonstrate proficiency in the skills taught during the class. A certificate of completion will then be provided.

Who Should Attend?

This course is required for anyone wishing to achieve the Able Seaman endorsement

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