For those applying for Yacht Certificates of Competency or revalidation:
For yacht Certificates of Competency only, Non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival may be accepted in lieu of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats. However, your Certificate of Competency will be endorsed with the following limitation: ‘Not for use on ships equipped with davit launched lifeboats’.
Non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival must be updated every 5 years in line with Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats.
However it is recommended by the MCA that all seafarers hold an STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Certificate. This is due to potential problems of Port State Control Officers outside of the UK not accepting non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival.
STCW refresher training: update for those with older CoCs
MIN 520 clarifies the requirements for updating courses. Anyone holding a valid UK issued CoC can take refresher STCW training in the current format and will NOT have to complete the full STCW safety courses again, even if the CoC dates back to the time before STCW safety courses became mandatory.