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BASIC TRAINING (BT)

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STCW - Basic Training (BT) - (formerly Basic Safety Training)

Seafarer’s employed or engaged in any capacity on board ship as part of the ship’s complement with designated duties in the operation of the ship shall, before being assigned, have completed Basic Training.

This is actually four courses: 

Basic Firefighting

Personal Survival Techniques

Personal Safety/Social Responsibility

Elementary First Aid

The course runs for five days.  All mariners that wish to operate in international waters must show that they are competent in the four areas mentioned.

Sea School has developed three STCW compliant Basic Training courses that are approved by the Coast Guard:

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3-Day Basic Training - For  mariners with Coast Guard licenses for vessels of not more than 200 GRT, Near Coastal, and; for seafarer’s employed or engaged in any capacity on board vessels of not more than 200 GRT, with designated safety or pollution prevention duties.

5-Day Basic Training - For mariners with Coast Guard licenses for vessels of more than 200 GRT/500GT (ITC), Near Coastal or Oceans, and; original issue or current holders of a Merchant Mariner’s Document (MMD) without or with endorsed qualified rating(s).

2-Day Basic Training Refresher/Renewal - For mariners without qualifying renewal sea time.

How to Comply

All mariners who apply for an original MMD or currently hold an “entry level” MMD without an endorsed qualified rating (ordinary seaman/wiper/steward), comply with STCW by completing the four Basic Training (BT) courses, which are: Basic Firefighting; Personal Survival Techniques; Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities; and Elementary First Aid.  Then the MMD holder applies for an STCW certificate from the Coast Guard.

For those mariners that are applying for an original license, or presently hold a Coast Guard license for vessels of not more than 200 GRT, Near Coastal, may also comply with STCW by simply completing Basic Training (BT), and then apply for the STCW certificate from the Coast Guard.

 

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