One of the captain’s greatest responsibilities is keeping his or her crew members and passengers safe. There are many things that can go wrong during a trip at sea and the captain has been trained to consider them all. Rough seas, rough weather, mechanical failures, and even fires can and have occurred on even the most well maintained crafts. That is why there are several safety precautions and regulations that all crew members must be fully knowledgeable of before they should set out on their first job. A basic safety training class that meets STCW 2010 standards is required for all crew members who participate in muster, the emergency drill that all vessels must perform before each cruise. Muster is similar to a fire drill. It shows everyone on board what to do and where to go in the case of an emergency at sea.
STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping, and the five-day safety course that crew members are required to complete includes instruction in four separate areas: basic firefighting, personal survival, personal safety and social responsibility, and elementary first aid. Once crew members have earned this certification it must be renewed every five years. As you can see, the STCW training provides crew members with the basics they need to survive just about any safety problem that can occur. However, until crew members have experienced especially rough seas and similar situations, they may not understand the importance of this training or how to apply it when they need to.