STCW 6.1 Basic Safety


This course is 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.

The course provides new entrants to the marine industry with the basic knowledge and skills to respond safely and effectively to a marine emergency, to provide for their own safety in an organized abandonment by life raft situation and to provide support to others during an emergency, respond to an industrial accident or medical emergency, and to be an effective member of the ship’s firefighting team.

This program provides new entrants to the larger ships in the marine industry, or experienced mariners who have not had previous safety training, with the knowledge and skills to contain, report, and respond to a marine emergency, fight fires, abandon ship and understand the basics of workplace safety.

The course meets the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW), Tables A-VI/1-1, 1-2 and 1-4 and is approved by Transport Canada.

This course replaces the Marine Emergency Duties (MED) A1 and B2 courses for deep sea vessels.


This program will cover:

  • Marine Hazards – environmental considerations
  • Firefighting including ship’s fixed firefighting systems and alarm systems, protective clothing and fire safety, hoses and nozzles and their uses, portable fire extinguishers, portable breathing apparatus, interior firefighting
  • Flotation devices and their uses
  • Inflatable liferafts, lifeboats and survival craft equipment
  • Survival Techniques – emergency procedures and reaction to finding situation, muster list and onboard training, escape routes – watertight doors and fire doors, safe working practices, pollution prevention and social awareness
  • Personal Safety – marine distress signals, marine survival, marine rescue processes, response to the emergency situations (finding the problem)

Areas of study will include the following:

  • Distress signals carried on ships and in survival craft, how to operate them and how effective they can be in a distress situation
  • What equipment is required in a liferaft or lifeboat
  • Introduction to marine hazards and the equipment available to mitigate them
  • Basic knowledge of marine safety and health issues and the personal protective equipment available

Practical training exercises will be conducted in the pool and at the firefighting area.  Exercises will include:

  • 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
  • Assemble, 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


Six (6) days, typically running from Sunday to Friday.

Course Details


  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • 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 “FAQ`s -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 which meets STCW 95 Regulation VI/I  

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