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MEDI 1800 - Survival Craft

Marine Emergency Duties Part-time Studies Course

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Course Details

This course teaches orderly abandonment of a vessel in an emergency situation; clearing the vessel; proper and effective use of equipment; and coordinating survival activities during rescue operation. The course is designed for certificated Officers and for certificated ratings. Such personnel are required to complete a comprehensive MED training program of which Survival Craft is one component.


16 years of age or older



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe types of emergency situations.
  • Describe actions to be taken during situations.
  • Demonstrate use of survival equipment.
  • Describe methods of helicopter rescue.
  • Describe types of survival craft and rescue boats.
  • Describe launching arrangements for survival craft.
  • Describe/demonstrate the operation of the lifeboat engine and accessories.
  • Explain evacuation procedures for survival craft.
  • Describe signalling equipment and pyrotechnics.
  • Describe actions to be taken when aboard a survival crafts.
  • Conduct drills in launching and recovering of boats.
  • Explain launching and handling of survival craft in rough weather.
  • Explain the use of radio equipment.
  • Carry out the duties of a survival craft crew member/PIC.

Effective as of Winter 2009


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