Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) (other than Fast Rescue Boats) covers prevention, survival and rescue techniques, essential to life at sea. It includes both theory and practical components to the course and forms part of the requirement for both deck OOW (Yacht) <3000 GT or engineer Certificate of Competency.
The PSCRB course gives seafarers, who are required to take charge of a survival craft or a rescue boat (other than fast rescue boats) in emergency situations, the essential education and training to meet the tasks required.
By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following:
- take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during and after launch;
- operate a survival craft engine;
- manage survivors and survival craft after abandoning ship;
- use locating devices including communications, signalling apparatus and pyrotechnics; and,
- apply first aid to survivors.
NOTE: This PSCRB course should not be confused with Advanced Sea Survival for Yachtsmen. The latter does not meet the requirements of the STCW Code and thus has the following implications: not all flag states recognise the Advanced Sea Survival, meaning the certificate will have a negative endorsement (‘not to be used on vessels with davit-launched life rafts’); and, there is no updating course available for the Advanced Sea Survival.
NOTE: PSCRB requires refreshing at intervals not exceeding 5 years.
To qualify for this course the following are required:
- candidates must be at least 16 years of age;
- hold a valid STCW A-VI/1-1 (Personal Survival Techniques); and,
- have at least 6-month seagoing service.
The course is run over 5 days with both theory and practical.