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Elements of shipboard safety
Duration: 2 days
(or flexible delivery)

This intensive course is very popular. Participants include recreational boat owners and their friends, volunteer crew, sailing club members, competitive sailors, and is a compulsory OHS unit for GPH Deckhands, Coxswains, Engineers and Masters.

The course includes face-to-face teaching in the classroom as well as demonstrations on donning a life jacket, use of the EPIRB, safety equipment checks, crew drills, how to use a fire extinguisher and line handling basics, and the essentials in the grab bag.

Be prepared for the practical. This is an exciting experience with many challenges throughout the day, and our professional in-water and onboard trainers will assist the young and the old. During the in-water sea survival drills and tasks, the trainer will activate a real life raft and you will be involved in many exercises relating to abandon ship scenarios.

Course Information

All you need to know about this course can be found in our Elements of shipboard safety course information booklet.    Enrol now.

Why choose us

Our mission is to provide exceptional maritime training that creates real employment outcomes for our students.

  • We train on the water
    Both our campuses are conveniently located close to waterways so you can walk out of the classroom and onto a vessel for practical, on-board training.
  • You can study full-time or part-time
    You have the choice to study your course all in one go or do it in blocks of time so it’s convenient for whenever you can get the time off work. Talk to us and we’ll make a plan that works for you.
  • Pay as you go with flexible payment plans
    You can pay your course fees in full or by instalments over the term of your course duration.
  • We have a Job Register
    When you graduate you’ll be automatically added to our Job Register and emailed when positions become vacant in the industry, providing you opportunities for part-time and full-time work.
  • We have more course intakes
    Regular courses are scheduled every month in Sydney and bi-monthly in Tweed Heads We also offer the option to complete your course in two or more blocks of learning over a period of time, so you’re always able to fit a course in around your work commitments.
  • Trainers are experienced seafarers
    Our trainers are experienced seafarers and industry experts. Class sizes are small and courses tailored to the group, so you receive individualised, expert attention to help you get through your course.
  • Under new management since 2013
    Since taking over Sea School, we’ve had over 400 graduates successfully complete our courses. We are an AMSA compliant, quality-driven RTO that offers you the best training and career pathways.

Course content

8.30am to 5.00pm

Meet work, health and safety requirements

  • AMSA Code of Safe Working Practices
  • Observe and respond to safety and emergency operations
  • Identify and observe hazards, emergency alarms, and ways to control damage on board
  • Workplace practices aboard a commercial vessel

Fire Theory and Practical

  • Know the classes of fire and extinguishing agents to respond to a fire or other emergencies
  • Fixed fire suppression systems, SCBA self contained breathing apparatus
  • How to operate portable fire fighting equipment. Water, CO2, Dry chemical powder, Foam and Fire blanket
  • Fire practical (at nearby location or aboard a commercial vessel)
  • Programmed assessments

Shipboard safety theory

  • Complete Sea School enrolment, attendance, provide identification
  • Introduction to Sea School, fellow participants, safety orientation, assessment plan and methods, learning outcomes
  • Communication methods
  • How to operate lifesaving and survival equipment; activating an EPIRB
  • Grab bag
  • Tasks aboard a life raft or boat
  • Don jacket, and swimming skills
  • Safety signs
  • Abandon ship tasks and order
  • Safety equipment knowledge
  • Helicopter evacuation

Practical onboard the training vessel

  • Stowage and induction
  • How to use a fire extinguisher
  • Safety equipment location and check and terminology
  • Keeping a sharp lookout, man overboard, first aid
  • Anchor or mooring tasks
  • Simulated abandon ship drill and muster
  • Life saving equipment preparation and knots
  • Rigging and lifting, lash and secure items
  • Donning the jacket, jump from ship; in-water tasks and techniques
  • Righting and boarding the life raft and the necessary teamwork to survive
  • Swimming and sea survival, in-water skills
  • Paddling and bailing a life raft
  • Assist others aboard using rigging and lifting
  • Practical sea survival debrief
  • Group discussion and trainer feedback
  • Programmed assessments are throughout the course
  • Complete AQTF learner or employer questionnaire and 'Your opinion counts' feedback form

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Just wanted to thank you and your staff at Sea School. I have over 20 years experience in the teaching profession and work closely with Macquarie Uni & UTS and I can certainly say that your methods of teaching were spot on.

Craig Mitchell, Managing Director, Sydney Harbour Bookings

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