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Fast Rescue Boat Course @ Gig Harbor

March 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am - March 4, 2017 @ 4:30 pm PST

FRB Fast Rescue Boat Course

Fast Rescue Boat Offered by Seafarers Worldwide

Note about This Course:
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We are Hosting one of the University of Hawaii’s Research Vessel’s crew for a three day FRB course March 2nd – 4th, 2017. The course course hours will be from 0800 hrs to 1630hrs.

Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat

Course Description
This three-day course is intended for personnel with previous small boat handling experience wishing to improve and adapt their skills for fast rescue boat operations. This course is a combination of classroom lecture and underway practical exercises.

Expected Outcomes
On completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Maintain the fast rescue boat for operations
  • Prepare fast rescue boat and crew for operations
  • Take charge of a fast rescue boat during and after launch
  • Respond to FRB, equipment and crew emergencies or malfunctions
  • Locate and retrieve casualties; and
  • Recover the fast rescue boat

There are no pre-requisites for this course, however to receive an additional STCW USCG approved certificate, participants must:

  • Hold a Certificate for Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, or a
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft, or a
  • Lifeboatman Certificate;
  • Be 18 years of age or older and in overall good health;
  • Be medically fit to undertake the practical exercises of the course.

Every effort will be made to provide as much attention as possible to individual student needs. Class enrollment varies from 6 to 18 depending on the time of year. The usual student/instructor ratio for rescue boat handling is 6 to 1.

Entry Requirements

Participants must be fit to undertake the physical components of the training and will be asked to sign a medical declaration upon registration.

Attendance Requirements
A student must attend 100% of the program. This requirement is strictly adhered to regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused.

Class Schedule
Classes meet daily, Monday through Wednesday from 0800 to 1700. Additional class time may be added as needed. Lunch is from 1200 to 1300.

Grading Policy
Tests & Examinations
A final written examination will be given on the last day of class. A passing grade of 70% is required to receive a certificate.

Practical Assessments
Practical assessments consist of the required tasks outlined in STCW 96 Regulation VI/2 Paragraph 1.A. The instructor will demonstrate the required competencies then the students will have an opportunity to practice before the assessments will be conducted. These assessments are pass/fail.

Students’ Responsibility
Students are required to observe proper standards of personal conduct. Personal protective equipment including lifejackets will be provided but you will be required to bring warm clothing to wear while underway. A change of clothes is also recommended.

Successfully passing the written exam and practical assessments will qualify the graduate as certified for Operator of Fast Rescue Boats. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the assessment. The certificate will show the graduate is in compliance with Coast Guard standards and the guidelines of Table A-VI/2-2 of the STCW Code as required by 46 CFR 12.617(b) every 5 years.

Course Content



  • Construction and outfit of rescue boats
  • Navigation equipment
  • Safety equipment and personal safety during FRB operations
  • Methods of starting and operating a Fast Rescue Boat
  • SOLAS requirements for Fast Rescue Boats Capsize drill

Practical in water exercises:

  • Swim in survival suits
  • Board boat following capsize
  • Casualty recovery using Jacobs ladder
  • Escape procedures following capsize
  • Righting procedure using inflatable bag



  • VHF procedures in emergency situations and exercises
  • Safety precautions during launch and recovery of fast rescue boats
  • Launch and recovery procedures –davits, release hooks and painters
  • How to handle a fast rescue boat in prevailing and adverse weather and sea conditions.
  • FRB operations in Man Overboard situations
  • Casualty recovery , including rescue devices
  • Care of casualties, immediate first aid and transfer Life raft towing techniques

Practical exercises:

  • Maneuvering practice- clearing away, coming alongside
  • MOB rescue and casualty transfer
  • Life raft towing
  • Maneuvering alongside and clearing away from a vessel making way



  • Search patterns and environmental factors affecting their execution
  • Vessel maintenance and repairs
  • Assessment of readiness of fast rescue boats and related equipment
  • Theory of heavy weather FRB handling

Practical exercises:

  • Search Patterns
  • Towing distressed vessels
  • Practical and theory assessment
Limited to
Students Per Class

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March 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am PST
March 4, 2017 @ 4:30 pm PST
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The Inn at Gig Harbor
3211 56th St NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335 United States
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