Personal Survival

Modern ships are extraordinarily seaworthy craft, built to exacting standards of construction and outfitted with technology worthy of the Starship Enterprise. Even the best ships can capsize or sink with terrifying speed, however, and equipment is only as good as the men and women who operate it.

These realities are reflected in the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) that have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its member nations. Competence in Personal Survival is one of four core elements of the Basic Safety Training that all ships are now required to provide, and all seamen are obligated to achieve.

Using this Product

Intended for use by commercial marine industry and seagoing recreational vessels, this training program is based on requirements set forth in Table VI of the STCW Code, as amended in 2010. Consisting of DVD training media, an audio-visual Test and a Workbook, the product offers training, testing and assessment features that facilitate compliance with international regulatory codes.

The companion Interactive Test enables the viewer to measure his or her comprehension of the subject matter with an interactive testing interface that relies on the memory-enhancing power of video to build retention and anchor the training messages. The result is a win-win-win. The crewmember has a high likelihood of achieving a passing score and a Certificate of Achievement for his or her personal file. The employer demonstrates that its personnel are retaining vital information and obtains statistical confirmation that its training efforts are working. Auditors see conclusive evidence that the employer is doing its job.

Content is organized into three segments.

Part 1:
• How to Use This Program
• Preparation
• Training, Drilling & Assessment
• The Nature of an Emergency
• The Seven Steps

Part 2:
• Coping with Cold
• Type 1 PFD
• Action in the Water
• Immersion Suits
• Test Your Suit
• Look Before You Leap
• The Decision to Abandon

Part 3
• Lifeboats
• Inflatable Liferafts
• Don't Get Wet
• Boarding
• Signaling Devices


To maximize the value of the Personal Survival Learning Management System, crew members should be assigned to watch Parts 1, 2 and 3 then review the content in the Workbook, which offers the same training messages in pictorial form. There are two options for measuring comprehension. The video training course includes an audio visual practice test. Crew members should be invited to test themselves as often as they like before being assigned to take the Interactive Test that represents a formal measure of crew comprehension.

The Interactive Test interface offers testing, scoring, certification and data tracking. It is available as an internet stream or an application that can be installed on the ship's computer. It breaks the training content into segments that incorporate short video clips, each with a companion quiz and glossary. Each quiz generates answers to the multiple choice or true/false questions in random order to eliminate test fraud. The Interface scores and certificates each test event, and maintains a history test performance that can be exported to an external database. Click the link at the top of the page for a demonstration. DVD-Video. Parts 1-3, 54:47. Test, 19:59..

Basic Safety Training Program