MCA Personal Survival Techniques (PST STCW 95)

What is special about this course?

A full day course giving induction training in safety procedures, accident prevention and familiarises new seafarers with employment and working conditions aboard a ship.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.


  • Complying with emergency procedures
  • Take precautions to prevent pollution of the marine environment
  • Observe safe working practices
  • Understand orders and be understood in relation to shipboard duties
  • Contribute to effective human relationships on board ship
  • Types of emergency which may occur, contingency plans for responses to emergencies
  • Action to take on discovering a potential emergency
  • Emergency signals, actions and specific duties allocated to crew members in the muster list
  • Muster stations; correct use of personal safety equipment
  • Value of training and drills
  • Knowledge of escape routes and internal communication and alarm systems
  • Effect of operational or accidental pollution of the marine environment
  • Basic environmental protection procedures
  • Importance of adhering to safe working practices at all times
  • Demonstration of safety and protective devices available to protect against potential hazards aboard ship
  • Precautions to be taken prior to entering enclosed spaces
  • Familiarisation with international measure concerning accident prevention and occupational health

Swimming pool

  • Correct donning of lifejacket
  • Entry to the water wearing a lifejacket
  • Boarding a life raft
  • Re-righting a life raft
  • Working as a team in the water

How will I study my course?

    How long will my course last?

    1 Day

    1 day: 50% classroom based theory and 59% practical in swimming pool.

    Where can I study my course?

      • Fort William
      • Portree

    Start date

    Contact your local college centre for up to date information and to register your interest.




    A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

    This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

    You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

    Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    This certificate will improve your employment options in the marine industries.

    Is there more information available online?

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    Apply for MCA Personal Survival Techniques (PST STCW 95)

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. UHI West Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.