6 days
STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’.

STCW'2010 is the most important and required course for crew and anyone working on mega yachts, yachts, day charter boats, charter yachts, fishing boats, tour boats or any vessels carrying passengers.

Available dates:
12 → 17 October 2020
9 → 14 November 2020
7 → 12 December 2020

Duration:6 days

Survival Module

One-and-a-half-day Personal Survival course module consists of a full day in a classroom covering subjects such as emergency situations, evacuation, survival craft and rescue boats, personal lifesaving appliances, survival at sea, emergency radio equipment and helicopter assistance.
The remainder of the course is spent in a swimming pool, or open water environment, performing an actual life raft inflation and inversion and the simulation of other abandon ship procedures.
The theory and practical are both followed by an exam.

Fire Prevention Module

A two-day Fire Prevention module which consists of shipboard firefighting organization, the elements of fire and explosion, types of ignition, fire and smoke detection, breathing apparatus use and automatic alarm system familiarization. Students will fight and extinguish actual fires using personal equipment, appliances methods and various agents.
The module includes seminar and practical instruction taught by licensed and certified firefighting professionals from the Maritime School of the West Indies.
This module is followed by a written exam.

First Aid Module

A one day First Aid and CPR course which is instructed by our medical instructor and consists of approximately seven hours of theory and practical covering basic First Aid and CPR in marine situations.
This module is followed by a written exam.

Social Responsibility Module

A full day Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, which is instructed by our MSWI instructor to STCW ’2010 Code A – VI/1-4.
The course is followed by a written exam.


1/2-day PMSA (Proficiency in Maritime Security Awareness).

More information could be found on the official website.
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5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

Contact us

(+1 721) 543 0497

or (+1 721) 543 0498

Fax: (+1 721) 543 0479

Monday to Friday,
from 8h30 am to 4h00 pm

NIPA school St. Maarten National Institute for Professional Advancement

National Institute
for Professional Advancement

Building B, Jackal Road #4
Cay Hill, St. Maarten.

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