Cuthbert Snagg: STCW-2010 Certified.

Cuthbert Snagg completed his STCW-2010 Certification course in Trinidad (in 2017).  

STCW training courses, also known as the Ship training, certification and watch keeping courses are one of the basic necessities for any person to qualify as a mariner. A seafarer must be well trained in STCW courses before it can be deemed safe for him to be out on high waters.

What is STCW?

 STCW stands for 'Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping'. STCWcame into force in 1978 as Governments agreed to standardise training around the world. STCW Basic Safety Training, as it is known today is required by all seafarers who are working onboard commercial ships or Superyachts. 

How is STCW Certification earned?

 To receive each of the STCW certificates, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements such as age, sea-service, physical fitness and competence. To receiveyour STCW endorsement, you need to complete a U.S. Coast Guard-approved maritime training course that proves your competency. 

Why is this certification important?

Quite simply, for safety. Considering the minimal level of risks involved in a maritime career, it is important that every seafarer is trained properly in each possible aspect of maritime training that could help him face the troubles out on seas. It was with this consideration that STCW training certification was introduced and has been made mandatory since then. 

What entity monitors STCW Certification?

 Issued by International Maritime Organization, this particular addition was made to the rules governing seafarers and their training for a maritime career in 1978. Since then, STCW training certification is a necessity for seafarers before they can be considered fully qualified to handle risks involved with a career at sea. 

What's involved in STCW training?


STCW training consists of a number of shipping courses that exposesa seafarer with various types of situations that can arise on a ship along with ways to manage them. It starts with the most basic aspects of training and moves on to the more complex areas.Training begins with personal safety and social responsibility course (PSSR) which deals with the most basic aspects of personal safety of a seafarer on the ship and moves on to survival techniques. Other courses involved in training include the elementary first aid training which is essential for augmenting chances of survival on a ship during emergency conditions. In situations of trouble, first aid is something that comes most handy and STCW training makes sure every seafarer out on the sea is well trained to look into it.