STCW 2010 Amendments
Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping
USCG Approved Course

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STCW applies to all present and future mariners who wish to sail beyond the boundary lines of the United States on commercial vessels.  These boundary lines essentially separate the bays, harbors and other inland waters from the oceans.

In the United States, certain mariners are exempted from the STCW requirements.  Specifically, you do not need STCW ratings if you serve on vessels less then 200 gross tons, that sail on voyages in and around the Continental United States, or from one U.S. port to another U.S. port. . 

STCW emphasizes hands-on demonstrations of your skill and ability to prove that you are qualified to serve aboard seagoing vessels.  Most U.S. mariners have already done this in their careers.  The biggest  change with STCW is that it formalizes the documentation of your ability to perform these tasks.

Completing SeaSchool's Coast Guard approved training course may be the least complicated way to meet the additional  STCW qualification requirements.

If you meet the requirements of STCW you will be issued an STCW Certificate.  Your present license or document are separate credentials from this certificate. However, you will essentially be limited to your U.S. National License.

STCW Courses:

Basic Safety Training (BST):
This is actually four courses:  Basic Firefighting, Personal Survival, Personal Safety/Social Responsibility, and Elementary First Aid.  The course runs for five days.  All mariners, except those in non-qualified entry-level positions (ordinary seaman, wiper/oiler, steward), must show that they are competent in the four areas mentioned.
Please call for particulars:  1-800-237-8663.

Bridge Resource Management:
Deck Officers of 500 Ton or greater must demonstrate proficiency in Bridge Teamwork Procedure.  This is a one-time-only requirement.  The course runs for 32 hours (4 days).
Please call for particulars:  1-800-237-8663.

Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch:
Anyone wishing to obtain an AB on their STCW or anyone advancing to the 500 Ton or above license will need this training. This assessment program generally runs a day and a half. 
Please call for particulars:  1-800-247-3080.

Medical Care Provider:
Any deck officer wishing to obtain a 500 Ton or above license will need this training. Engineering officers above Assist Engineer are also required to have this endorsement on their STCW. 
Please call for particulars:  1-800-247-3080.

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