Basic Safety Training

Basic Safety Training

Looking to get into the maritime industry? The STCW Basic Safety Training (BST) course is the cornerstone to maritime training, and is one of the most important and fun courses required. It provides a hands-on training experience with safety equipment combined with classroom instruction, and is designed for all seafarers with designated safety or pollution prevention duties.

Our 5-day, 40-hour STCW Basic Safety Training course is typically held Monday-Friday. Completion of this course will satisfy the Basic Safety Training requirements for all licenses and endorsements.

Compass Courses’ Basic Safety Training is comprised of 4 modules that meet USCG and STCW standards. They can be taken together or individually should you only need Basic Fire Fighting or 1st Aid/CPR. These modules are:

  • Basic Fire Fighting
    This is one of the most interesting and exciting courses of the BST modules. You receive hands-on training extinguishing live fires in a controlled environment. This two-day class teaches you the fundamentals of fire, how it starts, how to extinguish shipboard fires, and minimize the risk of fire. The class is one day of classroom theory and one day of live-fire training. The live-fire training is conducted at the Washington State Fire Training Academy. This facility provides excellent hands on training using realistic wood fires (Class A) and liquid fires (Class B) to help you gain superior training. The instructors are fire fighters with years of maritime experience.
  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
    This is possibly the most critical training module of Basic Safety Training. Learn, practice and demonstration the skills for successfully using lifejackets, liferafts and immersion (survival) suits. Training and demonstrations are conducted in the comfort and safety of a swimming pool allowing you to focus on the equipment, not the cold water. This 12-hour course is designed for all seafarers with designated safety or pollution prevention duties, but is worthwhile for anyone working on the water.
  • First Aid & CPR
    This 8-hour course is taught by an experienced medical care provider. It covers basic First Aid and CPR using an AED with an emphasis on techniques and methods used while at sea. By successfully completing this course you will be able to take immediate action upon encountering an accident or other medical emergency.
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR)
    This part 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.

What to bring:

When you take this course you will need to be prepared with some basic items: 1. For fire fighting we recommend levis/sweatpants and a t-shirt to wear under the bunker gear (synthetic clothing, tank tops and/or shorts are not recommended). A change of clothes is also recommended. A tight seal on the facemask is a must and a requirement for participation. Bring a sack lunch and water. 2. In the pool you will need to wear long swim shorts (no Speedos or bikinis) and a t-shirt to prevent chaffing. Bring a towel, too!

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