Course on Basic Safety

General information

Curso em Seguranca Basica

Basic Security courses and certificates are mandatory for working on board of ship and other vessels under the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

The STCW Convention is an international convention:

  • It is a treaty of the conditions which seafarers must meet before they can carry out their duties on board commercial vessels;
  • It is a fundamental instrument for the safeguarding of human life at sea and the promotion and guarantee of living and working conditions on board;
  • It establishes the set of minimum requirements that seafarers must meet in terms of training and certification, extending their scope to suitability for service, in particular by establishing minimum hours of rest, always focusing on the dual safety, operational and occupational perspective ;
  • It covers all work carried out on board ships in a variety of functions, including special care for certain types of ships and particular attention to emergency, occupational safety, health and medical care, and survival functions.

The Course on Basic Security has the following objectives:

  • Develop students' capabilities and create the conditions for them to acquire the necessary professional skills to carry out any labour on board of seagoing ships in conditions of personal and collective security;  
  • To train the students with the professional skills necessary to access the safety certificate, basic under the legally established conditions;  
  • Stimulate and contribute to individual improvement in order to consolidate, broaden and deepen the knowledge on theoretical and practical measures required to ensure safety on board vessels;  
  • Contribute to the improvement of the conditions of individual and collective security in which the professional activity is carried out on board ships and vessels
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1022 - Safety


Venue: For-mar
Lisboa, Portugal



Cost: 170 euros

  • Be at least 16 years old before the completion of the course;
  • Have a maritime health certificate, according with current law.

Application Procedure:

Choose one the different FOR-MAR offices and send an email to learn about the upcoming dates for the course and apply:

FOR-MAR Matosinhos: Edifício Docapesca, Porto de Pesca Apartado 2311, 4451-901 Matosinhos Tel.: 229 397 110 Tlm.: 963 386 800 E-mail:

FOR-MAR Figueira da Foz: Porto de Pesca da Figueira da Foz, Ed. Central Docapesca Cabedelo, 3090-661 Figueira da Foz Tel.: 233 433 220 Tlm.: 963 386 764 Fax: 233 421 673 E-mail:

FOR-MAR Nazaré: Porto de Abrigo, Caixa Postal nº 19 2450-075 Nazaré Tel.: 262 553 993 Tlm.: 963 386 271 E-mail: 

FOR-MAR Lisboa: Av. Brasília, Edifício FOR-MAR, Pedrouços Apartado 78, 1495-999 Algés Tel.: 213 037 100 E-mail:

FOR-MAR Olhão: Av. Operários Conserveiros, Edifício FOR-MAR Doca Nova de Pesca Apartado 1004, 8701-905 Olhão Tel.: 289 702 649 E-mail: 





Academic level: Lifelong Learning


The evaluation of the students (on a scale of 0 to 20 values) will have three components:

i. Final evaluation of each module, which includes continuous assessment, on learning and tests;

ii. Proof of Professional Aptitude Performance (PDAP) - theoretical test;

iii. Assiduity not less than 90%, and attendance at the practical sessions of the modules will have to be 100%.

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