The Syllabus For Examination
1. Principles of survival including —
Value of training and drills.
Need to adhere to the principles of survival.
Dealing with injured persons both during and after abandonment.
2. Knowledge of the following:
Information given in the muster list.
Location of own and spare life-jackets.
Location of fire alarm controls.
Means of escape.
Emergency signals and action to be taken on hearing same.
Consequences of panic.
3. Main dangers to survivors and the general principles of survival, including —
Precautions to be taken in cold and tropical climates.
Exposure to sun, wind and sea.
Protective measures in survival craft.
Effects of immersion in water and hypothermia.
Importance of preserving body fluids.
Protection against seasickness.
Proper use of food and fresh water.
Effects of drinking sea-water.
Means available for facilitating detection by others.
Use of first-aid kit.
Importance of maintaining morale.
4. Launching of survival craft —
Various types of devices used.
Methods of launching, including in rough weather.
Precautions to be taken before, during and after launching.
5. Types of emergency situations which may occur, such as collisions, fire, foundering.
6. Actions to be taken when called to survival craft station.
7. Actions to be taken when required to abandon ship.
8. Actions to be taken when in the water.
9. Actions to be taken when aboard a survival craft.
10. Handling survival craft, including in rough weather.
11. Types of life-saving appliances normally carried on board ship.
12. Survival craft, their construction and characteristics.
13. Equipment to be carried in survival craft, its stowage and correct use.
14. Methods of helicopter rescue.
15. Radio devices carried in survival craft, including emergency position-indicating radio beacons.
16. Methods of starting and operating a survival craft engine and its accessories and the use of fire extinguishers provided.
17. Use of emergency boats and motor lifeboats for marshalling liferafts and rescue of survivors and persons in the sea.
18. Beaching of survival craft.
(Note: Candidates will be required to wear life-jackets throughout the examination unless the examiner, in his discretion, allows them to be removed during such part of the examination.)
A candidate will be required to demonstrate his ability in the following:
1. Don a life-jacket correctly; safely jump from a height into the water; board a survival craft from a ship or from the water while wearing a life-jacket.
2. Swim while wearing a life-jacket; keep afloat without a life-jacket.
3. Right an inverted liferaft while wearing a life-jacket.
4. Make the correct commands required for launching and boarding the survival craft, clearing the ship and handling and disembarking from the survival craft.
5. Prepare, swing out, embark, lower and launch a survival craft safely into the water and clear the ship’s side quickly.
6. Row and steer, erect a mast, set the sails, manage a boat under sail and steer a boat by compass.
7. Use of portable radio equipment for survival craft including emergency position-indicating radio beacon.
8. Use of signalling equipment including pyrotechnics.