Course Details

Port Adelaide 2017
Feb 6 - 8
Mar 27- 29
May 15 - 17
Jun 19 - 21
2nd half of 2017 to be released later in the year.

Port Lincoln 2017
Feb 27- Mar 01
May 24 -26
Aug 28 -30
Nov 6 - 8

Cost: 2017
Please see our 2017 timetable for current prices.


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Course Information

This course is for both recreational and professional seafarers and provides practical and theoretical training in safe operations aboard a vessel operating in Near Coastal waters.

The Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) course is consistent with the relevant maritime regulations describing mandatory requirements for familiarisation and basic safety competency required for all seafarers. This includes applicable sections of international, Commonwealth, State and Territory Maritime licensing and regulatory requirements.

Elements of Shipboard Safety qualifies a person to work as a deckhand on a commercial vessel. It is also a prerequisite for anyone applying for a certificate of competency as Master/Skipper or Engineer of a commercial vessel.

Learner Profile
An Elements of Shipboard Safety course is suitable for anyone who is embarking upon a career at sea. Learners come from wide ranging age groups and have completed varying levels of education. Some are mature age with time working in the industry and others may be school leavers with little or no experience.

The ESS regulatory short course is a prerequisite course when applying for a certificate of competency as Master/Skipper or Engineer of a commercial vessel operating in near coastal waters.

This course requires a general command of spoken English, the capacity to read simple written instructions and the ability to write at the level needed to complete basic workplace reporting forms.

Training Programme
The course is conducted over 3 days in Port Adelaide and Port Lincoln.

Medical Requirements
Parts of this course are strenuous. Fire fighting and life raft drills require active participation. Students should ensure they are physically fit. If students have any doubts about participating, they should consult a doctor.

There are no pre-requisites for entry into this course but a student must successfully complete both the Survival and Fire courses to gain the Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) Statement of Attainment.

Students who complete the ESS course will receive a Statement of Attainment in Elements of Shipboard Safety, listing the following units from the Maritime Training Package ESS skill set :

Units of Competency
National Code
Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
Meet work health and safety requirements
Survive at sea using survival craft

Course content:

  • Elements of fire prevention on board the vessel;
  • Theory of combustion and methods of extinguishing fire;
  • Practical training in the use of portable fire fighting appliances;
  • Practical training in launching, boarding and survival in an inflatable life raft, including man overboard procedures; and
  • Elements of accident prevention as they apply to the shipboard work place, particularly as they apply to falls, working in close proximity to machinery and moving objects, confined spaces, personal protective equipment and hygiene.

Requirements for class:

  • Set of clothes to wear in water, i.e. shorts and t-shirt;
  • Pair of overalls for protection during fire fighting drills (long sleeves, no shorts);
  • Solid footwear; and
  • Pen and A4 notepaper.

Other details:

  • Course costs include exam fees and learning guides

For those students who would like more information about this course, please contact AMFA.

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