Just to try and square the circle, as the saying goes, don't get mixed between the STCW 95 Basic Safety Courses and the Manila Review Revalidation requirements for some of the basic Safety Courses.
The Basic Safety Courses are;
- Personal Safety & Social Responsibility; either a 1/2 or 1 day course
- Personal Survival Techniques; a 1 day course
- Elementary First Aid; a 1 day course
- basic Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting; either a 2 1/2 or 3 day course
from 31st December 2016 any seafarer wanting to revalidate an STCW CoC at any level will be required to submit a certificate showing that their Safety courses are less than 5 years old or submit a certificate from a Training Provider showing that they have completed the "Manila Review 2010 Revalidation Courses" for the following;
- PST and also Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats; probably a 1 day course but awaiting confirmation of the syllabus for confirmation
- Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting; probably a 1 1/2 day course but awaiting confirmation of the syllabus for confirmation
with effect from 31st December 2016 ALL
seafarers will be required to be able to show in date Basic STCW Safety Certs or a certificate showing revalidation as per above should they be boarded by Port State Inspectors.
you will see that the first aid/medical type courses are NOT
included in the Manila Review Revalidation requirements however the MCA do have a requirement laid out in one of their MGN's which clearly states that the Skipper/Captain must hold an appropriate qualification depending upon the area of operation and, if there is someone else in charge of the medical requirements on board, they should also hold the appropriate level of qualification. Interestingly the EFA has no expiry date but the Medical First Aid has a 3 year shelf life and Medical Care Aboard has a 5 year shelf life.
I hope that this helps everyone have an understanding of the STCW and MCA requirements.