Introduction to Survival Craft

Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite.

Course Length: 6 hours - Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course time includes breaks.

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be sixteen (16) in the classroom session and sixteen (16) in the practical session.

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Course Objective

  • Actions when mustering and boarding a survival craft (TEMPSC) as a passenger during launching operations
  • Provide delegates the knowledge to operate a davit system to launch and recover a lifeboat
  • Give an overview of location and usage emergency equipment including locating devices, first aid kits, and pyrotechnics
  • Provide delegates with the proper direction to command the lifeboat using a magnetic compass
  • Proper technique for streaming a drogue/sea anchor
  • Identify and operate lifeboat equipment

Course Design

  • Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids
  • Demonstrations
  • Practical Exercises

Successful Course Completion

  • Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
  • Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.
  • Grades shall be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by the total number of exam questions.
  • Successful completion of practical session is mandatory.

Course Content Summary

  • Classroom
  • Practical’s

Breaks: 10 minutes (approximately every hour)

Lunch: 1 Hour

Course Outline
Personal Floatation Devise (PFD)

  • Location / storage
  • PFD donning

Location Aids

  • Visual
    • Smoke canister
    • Sea dye
    • Hand Held Flares
    • Rocket Flares
  • Audio
    • Voice
    • Whistle
    • Horn
  • Electronic
    • GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System)
    • VHF Radio
    • SART (Search and Rescue Radar Transponder)

Lifeboat Equipment Operation

  • Location / storage
  • Operation / deployment
  • Entering / Strapping In
  • Tools / survival equipment / supplies
  • Immediate actions upon boarding

Search and Rescue (SAR):

  • Discuss dedicated SAR units operating offshore
    • Air/Marine resources
  • Discuss types of rescue
    • Surface to surface (rescue by vessel)
      • FRC, support vessel rescue
    • Air to surface (rescue by helicopter)
      • Hoist basket
      • Single lift (lifting strop)
      • Double lift (tether recovery)


  • Location of TEMPSC
  • Role of TEMPSC
    • Primary/secondary
  • Characteristics
    • Hull construction, deluge system, breathing air, engine
  • Mustering/launching the TEMPSC
    • T-Card System
    • Clothing, muster list
    • Check sea state, emergency releases, loading/securing personnel
  • TEMPSC Launching Systems
    • Discuss different types of davit systems for the following types of TEMPSC and
      launching systems

      • Single Fall
      • Twin Fall
      • Free Fall

Discuss TEMPSC interior, seating, emergency equipment, abandonment challenges

Practical Session
Practical shall verify the following:

  • Mustering, donning a life jacket, boarding and strapping in as a TEMSC passenger (the craft then to be lowered into the water and released)
  • The correct actions when mustering and boarding a survival craft (TEMPSC) as a passenger during launching operations
    • Upon notification by an alarm, delegates will muster and don life jacket
    • Upon notification by an alarm, delegates will board the life boat and strap in
    • Life boat will be lowered to the water and hooks released
    • Delegates will exit the life boat at the lowered position

Delegate Requirements

  • None

Reference Material / Documents
SOLAS Consolidated Edition
Life Saving Appliances

  • Course ID #: MA112


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