Basic Safety Training

Basic Safety Training

This 5-day, 40-hour course is designed for all seafarers with designated safety or pollution-prevention duties aboard their ship. Basic Safety Training satisfies the STCW Basic Training requirements for all licenses and endorsements as outlined in Subpart C – §11.302 of Part 11, Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations.

  • Basic Fire Fighting
    This two-day class teaches the fundamentals of fire, how it starts, and how to extinguish shipboard fires. The course includes one day of classroom theory and one day of live-fire training. The live-fire practical assessment is conducted at either the Washington State Fire Training Academy or at Fremont Maritime Services – India Tango, by fire fighters with years of maritime experience. Both facilities provide excellent hands on training where mariners combat realistic shipboard fires in controlled environments. Any mariner who successful completes this course satisfies the training required by Section A-VI/1, as outlined in Table A-VI/1-2 of the STCW Code as amended, and 46 CFR 11.202(b)(2); AND the Basic Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 11.205(d) and 11.401(g)(1) for an officer endorsement; AND the Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 13.207, 13.307, 13.407, or 13.507 for any Tankerman endorsement.
  • Personal Survival Techniques
    This is arguably the most critical module of Basic Safety Training. Mariners learn, practice, and demonstrate the skills required to safely and successfully use lifejackets, liferafts and immersion (survival) suits. Practical assessments are conducted in the comfort and safety of a swimming pool allowing students to focus on the training, not the cold water. Any mariner who successfully completes this Personal Survival Techniques course satisfies the Personal Survival Techniques competencies of Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-1 of the STCW Code, as amended and 46 CFR 11.202 (b)(1).
  • First Aid & CPR
    This course is taught by experienced medical care providers. It covers basic First Aid and CPR using an AED and emphasizes the techniques and methods used at sea. By successfully completing this course seafarers are able to take immediate action upon encountering an accident or other medical emergency. Any mariner who successfully completes this course will be able to take immediate action upon encountering an accident or another medical emergency. This course covers the training required by STCW Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-3 of the STCW Code as amended, and 46 CFR 11.202(b)(3); AND if presented within one year of the date of training, the First Aid and CPR training requirements of 46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(ii) and 11.205(e)(2)(iii) for original issuance of an officer endorsement.
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
    This module of BST covers the real world aspects of working on vessels that are crucial to a safe and healthy workplace. Topics covered include emergency procedures, how to understand orders and be understood in relation to shipboard duties, preventing marine pollution, observing safe working practices, and contributing to effective human relationships on board ship. Any mariner who successfully completes this PSSR course satisfies the Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities competencies of Table A- VI/1-4 of the STCW Code as amended, and 46 CFR 11.202(b)(4).

What to bring:

For Basic Fire Fighting, Compass Courses recommends jeans/sweatpants and a t-shirt to wear under the bunker gear and a clean change of clothes. Synthetic clothing, tank tops, and shorts are not recommended. A tight seal on the facemask is required for safety – participants must be clean shaven. For Personal Survival Techniques, long swim shorts (no Speedos or bikinis) and a t-shirt are required in the pool at all times. Don’t forget a towel.

Excellent facility, excellent instructors! Compass Courses raises the bar in the Pacific Northwest for safety training for the mariner. Look forward to more classes- Good job!

– Andy B.


Just completed your basic training course with Michael. I would first like to say that the school was excellent all your teaching at school and outside was very knowledgable. I found all topics were covered really well to give me the knowledge I needed to know or be aware of. The North Bend fire section was really great. The instructors were excellent. I will highly recommend your school to people I meet in the industry that need training also.

Thanks Again

Happy holidays

– Rod Bonneville



Course $1100.00

Fire Fighting $625.00

Personal Survival $375.00

First Aid & CPR $125.00

Personal Safety $150.00