STC-SA is now accredited with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to facilitate this course at the Nelson Mandela University, North Campus, Port Elizabeth

Target Group

Seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on board ship.


The objective of Familiarisation Training is to ensure that seafarers who are going to work on a ship for the first time, know basic personal safety information that may save their lives and fellow crew members in the event of an emergency


This learning opportunity is designed for the training of seafarers in any capacity wishing to pursue a career at sea. This learning opportunity is designed in such a way as To achieve the Survival at Sea competencies as described in the STCW and SAMSA Codes respectively.


  • Comply with Emergency Procedures
  • Knowledge and observation of safe working practices
  • Survival Procedures
  • Medical Procedures


  • ABET Literacy
  • Medically fit for sea

Safety Familiarization/Pre-Sea (SF)

Course Duration: 2 Days
Course Certification: Certificate of Completion
Assessment: Written assessment and Practical evaluation
Validity: Not Applicable
Completion Exit Level: The competent learner will be able to perform the role of a crew member
STCW Reference: A-VI/I

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