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EVERYTHING
YOU DIDN’T
KNOW ABOUT
THE STCW
Flying Fish © 2015

CONTENTS
Contents

2

Introduction

3

What is STCW

5

Why is the STCW so important?

7

Working on a Superyacht

10

What Should I look out for?

14

How the Flying Fish STCW is different

16

1

INTRODUCTION

We hope you’ll find the
information in this guide to be of
value when choosing the right
course for you!

INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the Flying Fish guide
to the Standards of Training,
Certification and Watchkeeping for
Seafarers (STCW).
At Flying Fish, we offer market
leading nautical and maritime
training, including a unique
selection of STCW courses (see
page ___ for details).
In this guide we’ll outline:
What the STCW is all about and
why it is so important
What to expect from
the course
What to look out for when
choosing the right STCW
training for you
How Flying Fish STCW Training
differs from other STCW courses
Why you should consider the
STCW if you plan to spend a season,
a gap year or longer working on a
superyacht

ABOUT
FLYING FISH
Flying Fish are approved by the
Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
and the Maritime and Coastguard
Agency (MCA). We are a member
of the British Marine Federation
and Superyacht UK, as well as a
Preferred Supplier of vocational
training to the Ministry of Defence
Transition Partnership.

“Flying Fish have been running Basic safety training courses
for ten years and we know what we are talking about. The
instructors are all qualified to the highest standard, have
been training for a long time and know the industry well.”

- Andy Hunt

2

WHAT IS STCW

Find out more about what STCW
training really involves.

THE STCW EXPLAINED
A career, gap year or season working in the marine industry can be
exciting, rewarding and life-changing - but it is not without risks.
 
The STCW is a stand-alone qualification, but it can be combined with
other courses, depending on your plans and desired level of training. The
qualification is recognised worldwide and designed to help keep you –
and everyone else on board – safe and secure.

STCW 95
The STCW 95 Basic Safety Training is the formal name for the STCW.
This is an essential piece of kit for all crew or personnel providing direct
service to passengers on passenger carrying vessels measuring over 24
metres.

“I was extremely impressed with the guys who
trained us. I shall be definitely recommending you to
other people for their courses in the future!”
-Matt Mitchell

What Does It Involve?
The course is comprised of basic safety training which prepares you for
emergency procedures, including:
Personal Survival Techniques
Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
Elementary First Aid
Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
 

3

WHY IS THE STCW
SO IMPORTANT

Read on to find out why you the
STCW is so important to maritime
professionals.

WHY IS THE STCW SO IMPORTANT?

Skills-Based Learning
STCW courses are taught
through a combination of
theory and practice, giving
you real scenario training
in a variety of crisis
scenarios.

Life at sea is many things, but it
is never dull! The STCW will
leave you with a good
understanding of how to deal
with emergencies, should they
occur during your time on board.
The qualification helps reassure
employers and crucially, gives
you the skills needed to keep
yourself, fellow crew and
passengers safe from harm.

WORKING ON A SUPERYACHT WITH
THE STCW
The STCW helps prepare you for
working on a superyacht – an
exciting career option for those
eager to truly stretch their sealegs.
 
There are estimated to be over
5,000 superyachts worldwide,
each one needing a crew; some
of the largest superyachts rely on
a crew of up to 70 people. This
gives plenty of opportunity for
eager budding crew members to
take advantage of the many
opportunities available,
particularly as interior and deck
crew.

ROLE
REQUIREMENTS
The only requirement for crew on
a superyacht is the STCW95
Basic Safety Training (see page
___) – however it is worth
remembering that superyacht
jobs are highly competitive, and
gaining the advantage over the
competition with superior
training is certainly advisable
depending on the career path
you want to pursue.  
 

“I liked the sound of travelling, meeting
new people and saving money at the same
time in some great locations! One of the
best aspects is time off in-between
charters.  We always go to a beach bar,
have a good time there all day and then
find a restaurant in the evening. Maybe go
out after dinner to see the nightlife. 
Basically I'm loving it!”

- William Hodder


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