Monday, August 31, 2009

Marine Safety Certification for all Cruise Ship Crew

Once important reminder.
Yes, yes, it is true, most crew members, probably all crew members, are required to have their STCW-95 Certification prior to boarding a cruise ship and assuming your duties.
In the US it is called STCW-95; in Canada, the equivalent is called BST (Basic Safety Training). In whichever country you take this training, make sure it is equivalent to the US Coast Guard STCW-95 - if you are not sure, contact the Coast Guard in your country and just ask them. Also, make sure the cruise line and/or hiring agent, clarifies what you need before you spend hundreds of dollars!