Able Bodied Seaman (AB) & Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC)


The Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC) course is designed to provide the training for candidates to launch and take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat other than fast rescue boat in emergency situations, in accordance with the STCW Convention and code Chapter VI Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1.

Course Objectives

Upon completion, the trainee will be able to:

  • Recognize emergency signals in station bill and use of safety equipment
  • Don a lifejacket
  • Safely jump from a height while wearing a Type I lifejacket
  • Board a liferaft from the water while wearing a Type I and an immersion suit
  • Right an inverted liferaft while wearing a lifejacket
  • Operate davits to launch and recover rescue craft
  • Take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during and after launch
  • Operate a survival craft engine
  • Command and operate a survival craft under oars
  • Command survival craft using magnetic compass
  • Manage survivors and survival craft after abandoning ship
  • Retrieve man overboard using survival craft
  • Use locating devices, including communication and signaling apparatus and pyrotechnics
  • Stream a drogue or sea-anchor
  • Operate survival craft equipment
  • Primary assessment of patient
  • Call EMS
  • Check for circulation, open airway, breathing, and for shock
  • Perform CPR
  • Stop bleeding
  • Identify signs and symptoms of: trench foot, hypothermia, hyperthermia, fractures, and burns
  • Apply first aid to survivors

Additional Information

Course Length: 32 hours

Course Required By: USCG for STCW (Lifeboatman) Endorsement

Written Exam: A minimum written test score of 70% is required. Students who fail the test will undergo remediation and be allowed one retest. A second failure requires repeating the course before they may test again. Students must satisfactorily perform hands-on evolutions as required by USCG assessments.

Retraining: Every 5 years.

Prerequisites: This course is intended to provide training for seafarers to launch and take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat in emergency situations. Student must be able to read and understand English. All trainees must be certified by a doctor to be in good health.

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