Students of the Marine Studies programme at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) took to Nanny Cay’s pool yesterday with lifejackets and liferafts.  They were taking part in a “Personal Survival Techniques” session of the “Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeeping (STCW) – Basic Safety Training” course.

This course is considered a minimum entry requirement for anyone who wishes to work on yachts or in commercial sector of the maritime industry. The STCW Basic Safety Training is comprised of four modules and usually spans 5 days.

However, while the students were being taught, the instructors were being watched via livestream from the UK.  The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), which oversees certifications is assessing the HLSCC for a re-accreditation to teach the course. The whole course is being livestreamed and beamed to the UK assessors real-time.

Because of the time difference, the course is being run as 10 half-days rather than the usual 5 full days.

“This assessment would usually involve an assessor visiting the BVI and observing the course in person,” said Claudia Claudia Reshetiloff,  part-time programme administrator at HLSCC.  “However, this is our covid-times solution. We’re about half way through the programme and it has been going well so far.”

STCW – Basic Safety Training focuses on basic safety skills and knowledge in order to provide a framework for safe working practices, emergency procedures and teamwork within the maritime environment.

The four modules are:

1.Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (Basic Fire fighting)

  1. Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
  2. Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
  3. First Aid / CPR (Basic First Aid)


The STCW Basic Safety Training course is mandated by ALL flag States for all working seafarers. It is the international standard, approved by MCA, USCG, and nearly every leading flag state in the world.