Information and advice on the STCW convention and related training courses. 

What Is STCW 95?


Many people ask, what is STCW 95, how is this different to  STCW 2010?  Even those who hold the certification often don’t know the definition. The term STCW stems  from the international convention on:

Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) 1978



STCW is an international standard set of training courses for seafarers decided in 1978 during a meeting at the International Maritime Organisation. This was brought into action in 1984, amended in 1995, and again in 2010 in Manilla, hence the terms the Manilla amendments. These 2010 amendments were decided in 2012 and came into force January 2017. 



Before the STCW convention, training standards were set by the individual countries and, with the inevitable local variations in content and standards, it caused  some problems within the international maritime industry.


Whats the difference between STCW 95 and STCW 2010?

You may hear people talking about getting their ‘STCW 95’ , ‘STCW’ 2010, or STCW 10!  Don't worry, they are all exactly the same course:


The official name for this course is simply

‘STCW Basic Safety Training’

There are no requirements to quote the amendment year.


How long does my STCW Basic Safety Training Last?

You have to complete an update course every 5 years. The 2010 amendments were mostly relating to the requirements for an update course which have been enforced since 2017.


Do I Need STCW Basic Safety Training?

Generally speaking, if you want to work internationally in the maritime industry you will need, STCW Basic Safety Training.


What is involved in the STCW Basic Safety Training? 

STCW Basic Safety Training is actually a package of 4 courses:

  1. Personal Safety & Social Responsibility
  2. Fire prevention & Fire Fighting
  3. Elementary first aid
  4. Personal Survival techniques

When booking the full STCW Basic Safety Training course with us the STCW Security Awareness course is included complementary. When booking an update course this would not have been available prior to 2016 and therefore this can be added to your update package for £140 and is an extra half day.


What else do I need to work at sea?

In conjunction with your STCW Basic Safety Training certification you will require an ENG 1 Medical. We can often organise this, with all your training, in Gibraltar.


In the picture below STCW Basic Safety training trainees are tackling an oil fire with foam, one of the essential elements of the Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting course, part of the STCW Basic Safety Training Package.

Image showing an example of what STCW Basic Safety training is This is a typical STCW Basic Safety Training day at Allabroad in Gibraltar

In the image below STCW Basic Safety Training Students are training for survival at sea.  This element is Personal Survival Techniques, part of the STCW Basic Safety Training course. During this course trainees are required to wear survival suits and life jackets, jump into the water from a height and safety right and board an inflatable life raft. It's a great opportunity to tackle and prepare for the nuances of whats required to survive at sea in an abandon ship situation.

This image depicts a pool exercise as part of the STCW Basic Safety Training course Here we have a group of trainees during their STCW Basic Safety Training course