The STCW Basic Safety Training course will set you back around £1,000 - £1,200 (Approx. $1,500 - $1,775, or 1,375 – 1650 EUROS).
The prices differ from country to country, and the time of year you take it so please contact your preferred training centre for accurate prices.
This course is a set of international treaty agreed minimum standards for safety at sea for professional seafarers.
As such this course is an essential adjunct to any career path as a professional seafarer. If you wish to be a crewmember or mate aboard a super yacht then this is an essential part of your training.
This course will enable you to become a professional seafarer. You need this as part of your training toward the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency Master of Coded Vessels under 200gt for example, and a large number of other certifications around the world.
Where it opens doors into sailing professionally, it is not of itself a certification of your overall seamanship skills.
The course is a practical, shorebased course. You will learn how to fight fires in special tanks and how to survive at sea in a special pool for instance.
You can take STCW 95 Basic Safety course at most maritime academies around the world. These include nations without developed yachting courses.
No seafaring experience is required. You should have a high school diploma or equivalent at Grade C or above in English and maths in order to take the course.
The course can be done in a series of two day short courses or as a 5 or 6 day intensive block. The former route costs more overall, where the five day course is cheaper but you end up fully certified at the end of it.
You will cover a series of units set down by international agreement.
This is an adjunct to your professional yachting career path. You cannot get professional accreditation without this course. Once you have it the doors open to a career at sea.
Yes. STCW 95 is taught and recognised all over the world.
Have a look at the RYA website for courses that require this accreditation. You can also view the itinerary here.