PST - Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques



This model course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for seafarers for familiarisation, basic safety training and instruction in accordance with section A-VI/1 of the STCW code.


This syllabus covers the requirements of the 2010 STCW Convention and Code Chapter VI, Section A-VI/I. On meeting the minimum standard of competence in personal survival techniques, a trainee will be able to survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment:

  • Don a life jacket
  • Don and use an immersion suit
  • Safely jump from a height into water
  • Right an inverted life raft while wearing a life jacket
  • Swim while wearing a life jacket
  • Keep a float without a life jacket
  • Board a survival craft from ship and water while wearing a life jacket
  • Take initial actions on boarding survival craft to enhance chance of survival
  • Steam a drogue or sea-anchor
  • Operate survival craft equipment
  • Operate location devices, including radio equipment

There are no specific entries for the training in this model course. The training is mandatory for all prospective seafarers, who should complete this basic training before being assigned to any shipboard duties.


On successful completion of the course and demonstration of competence, a certificate may be issued certifying that the holder has met the standards of competence specified in Table A- VI/1-1 of STCW 2010.

A certificate may be issued only by centres approved by the administration.

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