STCW Basic Safety Refresher


This course is a refresher of the STCW Basic Safety training program, required by all entry level personnel. It is also required for all deck and engine room rating qualifications, for most navigation, all engineering certificates of competency, and for Fishing Master 1 and 2 class certificates.

This refresher training course is designed to comply with the regulations and to refresh the seafarer’s skills in basic emergency duties through demonstration and practical drills and exercises.


The course meets the requirements of Chapter VI, Section A-VI/1, paragraph 3 of the STCW Convention, including the 2010 Manilla Amendments, and is approved by Transport Canada.

This program will cover:

  • Principles of Safety
  • Marine Hazards and Emergencies
  • Crew competence and expertise
  • Lifesaving Appliances and Abandonment Procedures, including practical drills in
    • Don and use immersion suits and lifejackets in the water as an individual and as a part of a group
    • Toss a lifebuoy to a crew lost over board and use a lifebuoy to keep afloat in the water
    • Launch, board, operate and right an inverted liferaft
    • Use of Thermal Protective Aids
    • Lifeboats and their role in a an abandonment
  • Rescue from a Marine Environment
    • Use of VHF Radios, including GMDSS
    • Use or Pyrotechnics
  • Concept and Application of the Fire Triangle to fire and explosion, including
    • Conditions for fire
    • Properties of flammable materials
  • Selection of fire fighting appliances and equipment
    • Assembly, don and function in an self-contained breathing apparatus in a hostile environment
    • Lay, connect and operate fire hoses to extinguish live oil fires in open air and inside a steel ship mock-up
    • Set up foam making equipment and lay foam on an oil fire
    • Approach, attack and extinguish live fires in the ship mock-up using water from the fire hose


16 hours

Course Details


  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • A person must hold a training certificate in MED with respect toe STCW Basic Safety, or equivalent under section 2.2 of Chapter 2 of TP 4957E, VALID WITHIN 5 YEARS OF STCW BS REFRESHER START DATE, to take this course
  • Trainees are expected to be in a good state of health and physically capable of fully taking part in all program activities. Trainees are expected to participate in all physical training requirements. A statement of health form completed on the first day of the course.
  • A valid Medical Certificate is required to be submitted prior to start of course. See “General Information: Medical Fitness” for full details. However, applicants are advised to complete the Mariners Medical examination by a Transport Canada approved physician before applying for this course. The Mariners Medical is a requirement to serve onboard a commercial vessel. A list of approved physicians can be obtained from the local Transport Canada Marine Safety office or searching on Transport Canada’s marine web page for Designated Physicians or go online at:
  • A valid Government Identification is required and must be presented for registration and to the instructor on the first day of course commencement.  (Driver’s License, Passport, Vantage card)

WITHOUT EXCEPTION, trainees who arrive without a current medical certificate will be refused the course and the company/individual will be charged an administration fee for cancellation.


All persons who successfully complete the course based on the performance standards will receive:

  • A Transport Canada EXN 24 certificate of completion for STCW Basic Safety Refresher 

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