Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat
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.
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
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.
Participants must be fit to undertake the physical components of the training and will be asked to sign a medical declaration upon registration.
A student must attend 100% of the program. This requirement is strictly adhered to regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
Classes meet daily, Monday through Wednesday from 0800 to 1700. Additional class time may be added as needed. Lunch is from 1200 to 1300.
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 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 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.