STCW Fast Rescue Boat (FRB) Training and Certification
Sept. 24-26, 2018, in La Conner, Wash.
Seafarers Worldwide & The Northwest Maritime Academy
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, offered monthly by the Northwest Maritime Academy, is a combination of classroom lecture at our La Conner facility and underway practical exercises in nearby Anacortes.
Graduates who pass the written exam and practical assessments will be certified Operators of Fast Rescue Boats. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the assessment.
Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat Courses Run Monthly: Monday – Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $1,475
The certificate will signify that the graduate is in compliance with United States Coast Guard standards and the guidelines specified by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers.
Fast Rescue Boats, as differentiated from life boats attached to the sides of cruise ships, are intended to quickly rescue someone who has fallen in the water.
For a little more background information on FRBs, click below and watch Episode 7 of NWMA Weekly. Academy Administrator Capt. Benjamin Garman (left) and Chance Busey, assistant marketing manager at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, are discussing Fast Rescue Boats and how NWMA can help a mariner become more marketable as a deckhand, as well as be safer on the water.
Register Here for FRB Training
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
- 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.
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.
Read full details about the class and daily course content at NWMA Fast Rescue Boat Course.
Northwest Maritime Academy La Conner location: 313 Morris St., La Conner, WA
For more information contact Capt. Benjamin Garman, Administrator of the Northwest Maritime Academy at (253) 358-2447