STCW Maritime Course

Started on 25 May 2022
Raising standards through education

STCW Maritime Course

STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’.

STCW Basic Safety Training Course

STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’. It came into force in 1978 as Governments agreed to standardise training around the world. STCW Basic Safety Training, as it is known today is required by all seafarers who are working onboard commercial ships or Superyachts

If you are seeking employment on a commercial ship, ferry, cruise ship or Superyacht, you are required to complete a STCW Basic Safety Training Course.

The course is run over 5 days and consists of the following modules as laid out by the Merchant Navy Training Board guidelines.

  • Personal Survival Techniques (A-VI/1-1)
  • Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (A-VI/1-2)
  • Elementary First Aid (A-VI/1-3)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (A-VI/1-4)
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness (A-VI/6-1)

The course is accredited and certified by the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency) and taught by experienced and qualified instructors.

At The Viper Group we believe that Continual Career Progression is key to a successful and rewarding career in the security industry. Viper’s trained staff are always available to discuss an applicant’s needs and requirements.

The Viper 5-day STCW for those who have NOT completed VIPER CP qualification and VIPER Frec 3 includes:

* Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention.
* Personal and Social Responsibilities.
* Personal Survival Techniques.
* Elementary First Aid.
* Proficiency in Security Awareness.

Duration: 5 days

Price £885.00

* Please note this price does not include accommodation *

All new entrants to the maritime industry are required to complete an STCW Basic Safety Training Course before going aboard a vessel.

The course covers all the elements for a basic understanding of staying safe at sea using practical examples to assist trainees to learn how to handle different types of emergencies at sea.

Frequently Asked Questions

We run courses throughout the year but please refer to the course date list for more information.

  • Accommodation in the UK for non-local and all accommodation and three meals a day in Bulgaria
  • Return transfers {transfers from Sofia International Airport to our site at Gebrova)
  • Comprehensive instruction – the course is conducted by a highly qualified instructor.
  • Full orientation and supervision
  • Equipment and materials required to complete the course.
  • Flights or travel to Sofia, Bulgaria (We can assist as we use a trusted travel agent and get discounted fares)
  • Visa fees (variable depending on nationality)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, snacks, activities
  • Pre and/or post-course accommodation in the UK
  • Local SIM card and data/airtime bundles (optional)

We do not provide meals on the course in the UK, but the Bulgaria element of the course does have breakfast, lunch and dinner included. We do provide coffee, tea, and biscuits throughout the course.

We advise that any candidates travelling from outside the UK visit for up to date visa requirements. This is also the advice for those wishing to travel to Bulgaria. If In doubt speak to your local travel agent who will be better able to advise.

The Viper Group instructors have been handpicked for their respective experience. Our instructors are mostly ex-military, ex-police, ex-ambulance, and ex-fire services but we also have civilian instructors with decades of experience and proof that if a learner applies what we teach they can do well in the industry.

Most equipment will be provided but a personal kit list will be emailed once a candidate secures their place on the course

There is a standard of fitness required for selection onto the course. This is emailed once an initial course interview is secured.

Viper has an All-Inclusive Policy however due to the nature of some of the activities we do ask prospective candidates to make contact prior to booking any courses. Our trained staff will discuss and make the necessary adjustments where physically possible.

Ideally life experience is a vital part of close protection, so we advise ages from 25yrs+ but also understand that some individuals have that experience at younger ages, so we are willing to look at ages 20+. Please be aware that the Security Industry is very physically and mentally demanding therefore all candidates undergo a pre acceptance interview

We believe that course sizes must be small enough to focus attention on detail. Our courses a normally 12 strong and have two highly qualified instructors specialising in their fields.

The course is very time consuming and will require 100% focus due to the nature and content of the course. We do give time off but this will never be structured and will be given when the instructor deems fit.

Please see our Covid-19 Policy Statement.

STCW (Cornwall)

18-22 May


STCW (Cornwall)

21-25 June


STCW (Cornwall)

20-24 July


STCW (Cornwall)

16-20 August


STCW (Cornwall)

20-24 September


STCW (Cornwall)

18-22 October


STCW (Cornwall)

29 Nov-03 December


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