Maritime Industry Training Program
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Maritime Industry Training Program

United States Coast Guard Certified Basic Safety Standards for Training Certification and Watch keeping (STCW)

El Camino College is proud to offer the U.S. Coast Guard approved courses that will give maritime personnel all the training components necessary for STCW certification. These standards require basic safety training of anyone who serves on a 200 Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) or larger private vessel and/or works on a commercial vessel of 200 (GRT) or larger and is part of the required crew complement or is assigned a responsibility on the muster list. According to the regulations, this training must be completed before the individual can be assigned to duty. All personnel must be certified beginning 2/1/2002. A vessel that fails to comply with the new regulations may well be considered "un-seaworthy," should there be any litigation resulting from a casualty or injury or property loss or damage.

The components of the STCW certification training include personal safety and social responsibility, personal survival, elementary first aid and fire fighting. The STCW training programs are offered at the Business Training Center and at El Camino College's campus facilities.

Delivery of instruction is scheduled on a convenient and flexible basis. Call (310) 973-3147 or email for more information.

Courses Offered Include

Basic Safety Training Modules
Four modules that together provide 40 hrs of training that meet the requirements of the STCW95 code, tables A-VI/1-1 through A-VI/1-4.

This 4-hour training provides seafarers with a better understanding of human relationships and how they relate to living and working onboard vessels. Topics include, group behavior, personal interaction, conflict resolution, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual harassment and general personal safety.
A 16 hour training on how to react correctly in the event of a shipboard fire and use fire appliances correctly for the safety of personnel and the ship. Instruction includes practical fire fighting training using live fire scenarios with real equipment and gear.
An 8-hour training in providing immediate basic medical care at the scene of an accident or medical emergency until the arrival of qualified medical personnel. Instruction includes fundamentals of First Aid and Emergency Care.
A 12-hour training in personal survival techniques at sea. Emphasis is on skills needed to survive in the event of ship abandonment. Training includes abandonment scenarios using life rafts, life jackets and emergency radio equipment.


Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboatman)
The purpose of this course is to train personnel in the proper actions involved in taking command of, launching, and handling of a survival craft during an emergency evacuation/abandonment.
Any applicant who has successfully completed the 4-day, 32-hour Proficiency in Survival Craft course will satisfy:
1) The Survival Craft training requirements of Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code; AND
2) The training requirements of 46 CFR 12.10-3 (a) (6) for any endorsements as Lifeboatman, provided that sea service requirements are also met.
Course and practical performance drills include ship abandonment, survival, lifeboat and liferaft characteristics and equipment, lifeboat davits winches and releasing mechanisms, boat handling and seamanship, launching and recovery of lifeboats, emergency signaling and helicopter rescue.


Advanced Fire Fighting
This is an advanced Marine Fire Fighting course designed to meet STCW Regulation VI/3 Advanced Fire Fighting.
Topics for this 40 hr. training include: training of seafarers in fire fighting, ventilation control including smoke extraction, monitoring and control stability during fire fighting, response of bridge, deck and engine room watch officers to emergencies, emergency response team leadership, plan of attack for on-scene fire fighting leaders, co-ordination of shipboard fire fighting, co-ordination with shore-based fire fighters, care of injured people, fixed fire detection and extinguishing installations, inspection and maintenance of emergency equipment, incident investigation and reporting, crowd management, search and rescue and communications.

Medical Care Provider

This is a 32 hour program designed to enable the participant to meet the requirements of STCW 95 Ch VI, Section A-VI/4-1 Table A-VI/4-1. Upon completion the participant will be able to demonstrate a higher level of competency to take action upon encountering an accident or medical emergency as required by the code.

Through instructor directed presentations and practical sessions the program presents topics including Immediate Action to be taken in an Emergency, Body Structure and Function, Toxicological hazards aboard ship, Medical care of rescued persons, Cardiac Arrest, Burns, Fractures and Dislocations, Spinal Injuries and immobilization, Administration of Medications, Maintaining a healthy environment aboard ship and use of Medical Advisory Services.

Vessel Security Officer

Designed to prepare Mariners to served as a certified Vessel Security Officer, this 16 hour training course provides the necessary knowledge and skills required for designation as a Vessel Security Officer.   A blend of up-to-date threat information, effective security practices, accurate regulatory provisions, and risk-based assessment techniques, this course is delivered through a balance of lectures, multimedia presentations, interactive activities, group exercises, and knowledge assessment.  This two-day course fully meets the requirements established in both the MTSA implementation regulations, section 104.215 of 33 Code of Federal Regulations, and in section B13.2 of the ISPS Code.  

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