Elements of Shipboard Safety

Who is the course for?

Successful completion of this course is a Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) requirement for anyone who works or wishes to work as a Near Coastal Coxswain, Master, Marine Engine Driver or, where stipulated, as a deckhand on a commercial coastal vessel.

What will I learn?

The course provides practical training in matters that affect personal safety, the safety of the vessel and the safety of the crew as a whole. It includes:

  • fire prevention;
  • theory of combustion;
  • methods of extinguishing fire;
  • practical training in the use of fire-fighting appliances;
  • practical training in the use of life-saving appliances carried on a vessel;
  • practical training in launching, boarding and survival in an inflatable life raft;
  • accident prevention on a vessel, including falls, burns and scalds, electric shock, working near machinery and moving objects; and
  • occupational health and safety principles including individual responsibilities

How will I be trained and assessed?

Training is conducted in MAST-approved training venues. Assessment is conducted during these training sessions. All training and assessment is conducted by MAST-approved trainers and assessors. Assessment activities will include:

  • written assessments of underpinning knowledge;
  • verbal assessments of understanding of safety procedures and actions to be taken during emergencies and exceptional circumstances;
  • simulated workplace activities outlined in an activity booklet; and
  • demonstrations of practical skills and knowledge that will be recorded in a logbook.

How long is the course?

This is a 2 day course  (1st day: 9am – 5pm @ STT, 2nd day: 8:30 – 5pm @ the Lea)

Who can do the course?

There are no formal prerequisites for this course.

What sort of credential(s) do I get if I complete the course?

If you successfully complete all of the assessments, you will receive a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment for the following units:

  • MARF001 Apply basic survival skills in the event of a vessel abandonment
  • MARF002 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • MARF005 Survive at sea using survival craft
  • MARF004 Meet work health and safety requirement

What do I need to bring to the training sessions?

All of the equipment, training materials and assessment materials that participants need will be provided by STT. Participants must bring their own writing materials and wear work-style clothing and enclosed footwear appropriate for the weather conditions forecast for the fire practical day. Participants must also bring a spare set of work clothes for the pool practical session.


Risks associated with this course include:

  • Working in water
  • Bushland area
  • Fire fighting
  • Environmental factors

For eligible Tasmanian residents, this training is subsidised by the Department of State, Growth, Tasmania.

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Course Dates

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Start Date Location Cost
Thu 21st Sep 2017 at 9:00AM Aquatic Centre and Battery Point Price $466.00 Apply
Thu 19th Oct 2017 at 9:00AM Aquatic Centre and Battery Point Price $466.00 Apply
Thu 2nd Nov 2017 at 9:00AM Aquatic Centre and Battery Point Price $466.00 Apply
Thu 30th Nov 2017 at 9:00AM Aquatic Centre and Battery Point Price $466.00 Apply