STCW Proficiency In Survival Craft And Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats Refresher
(PSC – R)


The aim of the course is to refresh the skills of those who are assigned to crew a ship’s lifeboat or rescue boat, other than a fast rescue boat, with the knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently carry out those duties.

Seafarers qualified in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats in accordance with Chapter VI, Section A-VI/2, paragraph 4 of the STCW Convention shall be required, every 5 years, to provide evidence of having maintained the required standard of competence to undertake the tasks, duties, and responsibilities listed in column 1 of table A-VI/2-1 of the Convention.


This course meets the requirements of Chapter VI, Section A-VI/2, paragraph 5 of the STCW Convention, including the 2010 Manilla Amendments.

This program includes

  • Discussion and demonstration of various davit/launching arrangements
  • Discussion and demonstration of various lifeboat and survival craft types
  • Liferafts, rigid hull liferafts, and marine evacuation systems
  • Survival, first aid and rescue
  • Helicopter Assistance

Practical training exercises will be conducted in water.  These exercises will include:

  • Operate in a safe and effective manner an enclosed lifeboat on open water
  • Approach and recover a crew over board into the enclosed lifeboat safely and effectively, acting as coxswain and as crew
  • Take a liferaft or lifeboat in tow safely and effectively with an enclosed lifeboat, acting as coxswain and as crew
  • Operate the enclosed lifeboat in various sea and swell conditions
  • Steer compass courses as directed to move the enclosed lifeboat clear of danger in reduced visibility
  • Conduct voice communications over the VHF radio as appropriate for an abandonment situation
  • Launch and recover an enclosed lifeboat under gravity davits safely and efficiently using a releasing painter
  • Pace with an FRB in order to transfer castaways safely and efficiently for transfer to a safe place
  • Participate in a simulated abandonment into the ocean wearing an immersion suit, launch, inflate and board a liferaft and be rescued by an FRB


Minimum of 13 hours

Course Details


  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • A person must hold a training certificate in MED with respect to Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats (MED PSC) or equivalent under subsection 2.2 of Chapter 2 of TP 4957E 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, preferably the Mariners Medical, is required to be submitted prior to start of course.  See “General Information: Medical Fitness” for full details.
  • 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, those trainees in non-compliance will be refused and billed the full program fee.


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

  • A Transport Canada EXN 24 certificate of completion for Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, other than Fast Rescue Boats REFRESHER.

General Course Information      Medical Requirements

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