STCW Basic Training

All staff working on Commercial vessels in the Virgin Islands require STCW training. Please contact us or the Captains School for details on how to get this license.

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Basic Safety Training

USCG Approved STCW Approved Courses

What is STCW?

Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeeping

An international change in training procedures requiring people with prior experience to demonstrate proficiency in basic safety or obtain practical skills through a structured learning program.

Who needs STCW training?

Personnel working on the following vessels if they operate seaward of the boundary line(The boundary line separates inland and near coastal waters, for licensing purposes.)

  • All personnel operating on foreign / international voyages, regardless of the size of the vessel
  • Commercial Vessels over 200 gross tons.
  • Passenger vessels subject to 46 CFR sub-chapter H (over 100GT)
  • Uninspected towing vessels that are subject to the Officers Competency Convention.

STCW Training Modules

Professional quality US Coast Guard Approved STCW training is now available on a scheduled basis in our Red Hook training facility located at American Yacht Harbor, St. Thomas, USVI.

  • * STCW training is especially important for those vessels crossing into BVI waters.
  • * A total of 7 distinct STCW courses are available!
  • * Approved courses are in accordance with ISM Code, applicable STCW 95 Regulations and 46 CFR 10.205 requirements.

Three-Day BST (Basic Safety Training) Courses:

Basic Fire Fighting

Course includes lecture and practical training on the fire ground fighting fires with various extinguishing methods.

Personal Survival

Course includes classroom and in-the-water practice with water survival techniques and lifesaving equipment including life rafts and survival suits.

Elementary First Aid

Course covers basic first aid techniques for injury assessment, immediate care and CPR.

Personal Safety/Social Responsibility

Course includes basic emergency procedures, alarm signal recognition, lock out/tag out, personal protective gear and social responsibility.

Advanced STCW Courses:

Crowd Management

For complete details on this course visit: Crowd Management Page

Crisis Management and Human Behavior

For complete details on this course visit: Crisis Management Page

Security Officer: Vessel/Company/Port Facility

For complete details on this course visit: Security Officer Page

STCW / USCG Approved STCW Course Requirements:

Course Attendance:100% required

All testing is conducted through The Captain School.

You DO NOT test with the Coast Guard.

Certification: Upon successful completion (attendance and passing required exams), you will receive Captain School Certificate of Training.

Courses offered through the Captains School in the USVI

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