Personal Survival Techniques Certificate

What is special about this course?

This course is a pre requisite for entry to the Merchant Navy. A certificate is issued by the college on the successful completion of the course on behalf of the Maritime Coastal Agency. The course is designed to give all personnel going to sea the essential basic knowledge of survival equipment, survival principles and techniques that can be applied to maximise their chances of survival in the event of a marine casualty.

Entry requirements

  • No formal entry requirements
  • Liferafts and equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Actions prior to abandonment
  • Helicopter rescue
  • Righting an upturned liferaft
  • Use of Pyrotechnics
  • Visual and secondary actions in the liferaft
  • Survival factors
  • In water survival techniques.

How will I study my course?

  • Short course

Training consists of theoretical classroom work followed by practical exercises in the training pool. Assessment is by direct observation, oral questioning and simulated drills.

How long will my course last?

Short course -1 day, 09.00 - 17.00

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)

Start date

The next available start dates are:

  • 30th Sept 
  • 30thOct
  • 18th Nov



Additional costs


What can I do on completion of my course?

Personal Survival Techniques is a mandatory minimum requirement for familiarisation and basic safety training and instruction for all seafarers. 

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Personal Survival Techniques Certificate

Please contact our Admin team for further information on:

01851 770 000

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. UHI Outer Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.