This model course aims to provide the training for candidates to launch and take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat in emergency situations, in accordance with section A-VI/2 of the STCW code.
This syllabus covers the requirements of the STCW 2010 convention charter VI, section A-VI/2, and table A-VI/2-1. On meeting the minimum standard of competence in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats, a trainee will be competent to operate life-saving appliances and take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during launch. They will also be able to operate a survival craft engine and manage survivors and survival craft after abandoning ship. Trainees will know the correct use of all locating devices, including communication and signalling apparatus and pyrotechnics, how to apply first aid to survivors, and the actions to take to preserve the lives of those in their charge.
For admission to the course, seafarers must be certified by a doctor as being in good health. They must also have completed the four basic courses covering the familiarisation and basic safety training and instruction in accordance with regulation VI/1 of STCW.
On successful completion of the course and demonstration of competence, a certificate may be issued certifying that the holder has met the standard of competence specified in table A-VI/2-1 of STCW. Such a certificate may be issued only by centres approved by the administration.