|Funding for Fishermen's Safety Refresher Training|
|Thursday, 10 November 2011 12:44|
Experienced fishermen who completed mandatory basic safety training courses more than three years ago, will be able to voluntarily attend new, updated training courses in sea survival, fire fighting, first aid and safety awareness free of charge, for a limited time.
Experienced fishermen holding a Safety Awareness certificate who can evidence that they have already attended basic safety training courses more than 3 years ago will be accepted for funded refresher safety training. Each course can be refreshed individually as it becomes 3 years old.
Visit our "Course Dates" page for scheduled courses.
Why should fishermen refresh their certificates?
The poor safety record of fishermen and fishing vessels is widely recognised and reported. In November 2008, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) published a report entitled "Analysis of UK Fishing Vessel Safety 1992-2006". This report concluded that whilst the number of fishing vessel accidents over the period had fallen, the accident rate has actually increased since 2002. During this period 256 fishermen died, equivalent to an annual average rate of 126 deaths per 100,000 fishermen, which is many times higher than any other industry (including agriculture and construction). Nearly one third of all fatalities resulted from crew going overboard.
Under existing basic safety training legislation, there is no requirement for fishermen to undertake refresher training to keep their safety skills and knowledge up-to-date. However, as this legislation was introduced in 1989, the majority of experienced fishermen completed their safety training many years ago. Inevitably, much of what was learnt at this time may have been forgotten and furthermore, there have been significant changes in first aid practices, safety procedures and developments in safety equipment.
The benefits of attending Refresher Safety Training
Fishermen re-attending basic safety training will be brought up-to-date with the latest developments in safety practices, procedures and equipment and be better able to respond promptly and correctly in the event of an accident or emergency.
Apart from the obvious enhancement to safety knowledge and skills, certificates* issued by Seafood Cornwall Training to those attending refresher courses in Elementary First Aid and Sea Survival (Personal Survival Techniques) courses will be recognised for use in other maritime industries. This will provide fishermen with the opportunity to supplement their fishing income, with income from other maritime work. (*The certificates issued in First Aid and Sea Survival by Seafood Cornwall Training will be both Seafish and STCW 95 certified.)
Upon completion of each course,beneficiaries will receive a pack of relevant information and fishermen completing refresher training in all four basic safety courses will be issued with a credit card sized, plastic photo-ID safety training card evidencing their achievement, as well as new improved paper certificates for each of the courses they complete.
The Safety Refresher Training project has been jointly financed by:
To book a place on a course please contact us on 01736 364324 or email Emma at