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Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (PSC)

The purpose of this course is to train personnel in the proper actions involved in taking command of, launching, and handling of a survival craft during an emergency evacuation/abandonment from a vessel, Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), or offshore facility.

Any applicant who has successfully completed the 32-hour Proficiency in Survival Craft course will satisfy:

  1. The Survival Craft training requirements of Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code; AND the training requirements of 46 CFR 12.10-3 (a) (6) for any endorsements as Lifeboatman, provided that sea service requirements are also met.
  2. If presented within one year of the completion of training, the written and practical examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.10-5 for a Lifeboatman endorsement and the written Survival Craft examination requirements for service on vessels not equipped with lifeboats.

Upon completion, the certificate is valid for five years.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Classroom
    • Requirements for PSC certification
    • Drills and Crew Training
    • TEMPSC characteristics
    • Types of launching equipment for TEMPSC
    • Winches
    • Release mechanisms
    • Pre-launch inspection
    • Launching
    • Motoring away to a safe area
  • Practical Exercise
    • Operate winches
    • Point out pre-launch inspection for single and double fall TEMPSC
    • Launch and recover single and double fall TEMPSC
    • Operate single and double fall TEMPSC

Day 2

  • Classroom
    • Loss of propulsion
    • Freefall systems
    • Single fall systems
    • Double fall systems
    • Oars and oar commands
    • Action after abandonment
  • Practical Exercise
    • Assessments on TEMPSC
    • Pre-launch inspection
    • Starting engine
    • Launching and motor away
    • Deploying sea anchor
    • Recovery
    • Rowing TEMPSC

Day 3

  • Classroom
    • Rescue
    • Rescue boat
  • Practical Exercise
    • Launch and recover rescue boat
    • Assessment of launching and recovery of rescue boat
    • Pacing
    • Towing
    • Person overboard drill

Day 4

  • Classroom
    • Survival First Aid
    • Location aids
    • Written exam