Seaman Class IV (Basic Training)

Seaman Class IV (Basic Training)

Seaman Class IV (Basic Training)


The aim of this course is to provide the basic qualifications for individuals who want to become a professional seafarer. The training provided is applicable to any capacity sea going vessel, offshore rig, or platform.

Who would benefit?

This course is mandatory for any individual who intends to pursue a career at sea or offshore.


The duration of this course is eight (8) days. Classes are from 8:00am to 4:00pm. A combination of lectures, practical activities and hands-on demonstrations are used to deliver this course.


In this course you will learn the basic elements of seafaring which will enable you to perform duties on board a sea going vessel or offshore platform, efficiently and safely. You will also be able to assist in the protection of life at sea.


This course is modular and consists of the following:

  • Personal Survival Techniques (Basic)
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility
  • Fire Fighting & Fire Prevention (Basic)
  • Elementary First Aid


  • Must be medically fit with good eyesight (backed by a medical report and eye test)**
  • Must be able to read and write
  • 2 passport sized pictures
  • Applications must be completed in person by the applicant at the Institute


Upon successful completion of the course through written examination and skills testing, candidates will receive a certificate in accordance with Section A-V1/1 Paragraph 2 of the STCW 95 Code.

**Medical forms may be collected at:

Maritime Services Division

Cor. Duke & St. Vincent Streets (Clarence House.)

Port of Spain

Trinidad, W.I.

This is the mandatory training module for all seafarers, and is conducted in accordance with Section A-VI/1 Paragraph 2 of the STCW Code and the STCW 78 Convention as amended.

Possible careers/job titles: Deck Hand, Ordinary Seaman on all seagoing vessels

Duration : 8 days

Code: BST