Bluewater Yachting

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STCW Basic Safety Training is comprised of 4 modules taken over 5 days.

1. Personal Survival Techniques (PST) - 1.5 days
2. Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR) - .5 day
3. Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (Basic Fire fighting) - 2.0 days
4. First Aid / CPR (Basic First Aid) - 1.0 day

STCW Basic Safety Training focuses on basic safety skills and knowledge in order to provide a framework for safe working practices, emergency procedures and teamwork within the maritime environment.

This course is considered a minimum entry requirement for anyone who wishes to work on yachts or in commercial sector of the maritime industry. It is engaging, challenging and most of all fun! However what you learn during the STCW basic training, could save your own life or that of a crew mate or guest.

STCW stands for the “Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeeping” as determined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The STCW Basic Safety Training course is mandated by ALL flag States for all working seafarers. It is the international standard, approved by MCA, USCG, the Marshall Islands Registry and nearly every leading flag state in the world.

In 2010, the STCW convention was reviewed and ultimately added Security to the basic certification requirement. As a result Bluewater Crew Training in Antibes now offers the Security with Designated Duties module, which runs frequently throughout the year.

STCW Training Centres

Bluewater Yachting have their training centres in the following locations:

  • Antibes, France
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Customer Reviews

Bluewater Yachting reviews as published on Google:

  • Stefan Baltes

    Stefan Baltes

    Average rating: a month ago

    I recently completed the MCA/OOW 'HELM' course at BlueWater. It was a highly professional training course in a very good training environment.
    Our coach Lisa was very knowledgeable and experienced. Although I had previous experience with team building and leadership, I was able to significantly improve my knowledge and skills during this training.

  • Viktor Miljkovic

    Viktor Miljkovic

    Average rating: 5 months ago

    Amazing team! Keep going! Looking forward to more refreshers in the future.

  • alberto rizzi

    alberto rizzi

    Average rating: 5 months ago

    Went to Antibes for the STCW courses and was an amazing experience will come back for sure!!!

  • Mathieu


    Average rating: 6 months ago

    All my courses at Bluewater have always gone very well (Captain 3000gt).
    In January 2023, I attended the refresher course on medical care, which also went very well.
    Mathieu Le Gall

  • Aleksandra Cvetošenko

    Aleksandra Cvetošenko

    Average rating: 6 months ago

    Nice school and lots of courses provided.
    Most of the instructors are quite professional. Study materials are very good.
    Problem for the parking near training center only. That's why it's better to take their provided bus from Antibes or go by scooter.
    I took more than 7 courses with them and had only one negative experience. But it's not worth giving a bad review.

  • Paulo Aveleira

    Paulo Aveleira

    Average rating: 31 March 2023

    Most professional organisation! Well done.

  • Diana Bashtanenko (KEep-KalM)

    Diana Bashtanenko (KEep-KalM)

    Average rating: 17 January 2023

    Perfect place to start your career. Friendly atmosphere, very skilled and professional instuctors that are always ready to answer all your questions and doubts. Will book more courses with them in the future!

  • Oleksandr Polyakov

    Oleksandr Polyakov

    Average rating: 2 June 2022

    The best yacht agency what I saw in my Life

  • cardamons pod

    cardamons pod

    Average rating: 8 May 2022

    I have made my STCW refresher before with Bluewater, but in Palma.
    Unfortunately this time around wasn’t so successful, I was away with work and last minute my client had covid and so my return to the south of France was delayed.. I emailed Bluewater to ask if I could change the refresher dates, but technical issues I didn’t receive a reply (to be fair they did send a reply, for some reason I didn’t receive)
    I drove back to France the day before the scheduled date and called to ask where I should go the following day. Because of the lost emails they had filled my space on the course, and had moved me to the next available position.. Great I thought! But then told me I would have to pay a 50% cancellation fee

  • Aron Whelan

    Aron Whelan

    Average rating: 22 February 2022

    Customer service is world class! I had the pleasure of being in contact with the team regarding my stcw training, they were ever so accommodating and Pippa is a living legend!

  • Robert Bath

    Robert Bath

    Average rating: 31 December 2020

    Its all good until it isnt...Really bad attention to detail. Impossible to get access to staff when advice is required concerning an on line course. Attitude from the top down really disappointing.

  • Julie M

    Julie M

    Average rating: 26 January 2020

    Very good training center. The training and the crew team are very welcoming and caring. The organization of the course sessions is well oiled (a bus can take you to the training center, the classrooms are well equipped, the free coffee break is very punctual). The trainers are really excellent, very professional, with a touch of humor and very easy to understand for non english native spoken. I highly recommend Bluewater for all your training.

  • Richard Lickley

    Richard Lickley

    Average rating: 23 January 2020

    I needed to do my refresher before I could join a boat and they were quick and accommodating to help me out escprcially as I kept having to change locations and dates. Really happy and awesome training

  • Mirjana Macic

    Mirjana Macic

    Average rating: 14 January 2020

    I had amazing experience with Bluewater courses! Our mentor managed to turn boring subjects in a course full of fun and good experience! He managed to transfer knowledge on us keeping our attention every minute of the class... Was really good and pleasant experience. Keep going like that!!!!

  • Luka Prpić

    Luka Prpić

    Average rating: 9 January 2020

    Professional and really polite individuals. Really good website and useful information. Have opportunity to do some courses and looking forward to do it again.

  • Guy Renner

    Guy Renner

    Average rating: 8 January 2020

    Great course, qualified for the seas. Great deliverance of course material. Trainers kept focus of all who attended, free coffee wasn’t bad. Transportation was easy. General course easy to follow, very good support and information provided. Very safe environment also entailing a very practical & easy experience for the “fire service requirements”. Great time.

  • Christina Klassen

    Christina Klassen

    Average rating: 8 January 2020

    Bluewater is offering an acceptional service. I've enjoyed my trainings with their instructors and found the staff genuine and helpful.
    I recommend them!

  • Christopher Harding

    Christopher Harding

    Average rating: 8 January 2020

    Having used Bluewater training to complete all of my courses from basic STCW through OOW modules to Masters modules, I can attest to the quality and professionalism of the staff and facilities at Bluewater Antibes. Their services have proved to be efficient and effective for training and for crew placement. To be recommended!

  • Ruhan Grobler

    Ruhan Grobler

    Average rating: 8 January 2020

    Best, most helpful training center agency.
    I do not even consider other options. Bluewater is always my first choice.

  • Rábago Marlon

    Rábago Marlon

    Average rating: 29 August 2017

  • Christopher Bayle

    Christopher Bayle

    Average rating: 24 July 2017

    Just finished my Yachting in Action course with bluewater last week. Could not have had a better time! The whole team from the office staff through to all of the instructors were great! Very proffessional and freindly. Would definitely reccommend this course and company to everyone.

  • Becki Milton

    Becki Milton

    Average rating: 24 July 2017

    Very helpful friendly team, help with lists for accomodation etc. All courses were in English run by instructors who know the yachting industry well. Great advice and support and resturant on site along with coffee/vending machines and a club house

  • hbr john

    hbr john

    Average rating: 6 July 2017

    Société à fuir car proche de l'escroquerie. En effet beaucoup d'éléments ont été volontairement dissimulés comme par exemple l'impossibilité de travailler sur des bateaux français avec leurs formations !!! Il y a un très gros manque d'informations dans cette entreprise qui n'accompagne pas du tout Les gens vers l'emploi. À mon avis ça ne doit pas être dur de trouver mieux ailleurs

  • Clifton Hunt

    Clifton Hunt

    Average rating: 7 October 2016

    Not very helpful at all. Staff knew nothing about the so called training courses. The person I spoke with seemed to have a limited mental capacity. Try using words with only a single syllable or take a 5 year old with you to help with communication.

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