STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft (PISC)

Who should attend

Seafarers who are required to take charge of a survival craft or a rescue boat (other than fast rescue boats) in emergency situations

Those seafarers wishing to renew their Proficiency in Survival Craft other than fast rescue boats certificate of proficiency but do not have sufficient sea service to meet the criteria for the Refresher course (attendance of the PISC course will include refresher PST).

Course highlights

This course prepares students for the launching and handling of survival craft through theoretical learning and a series of practical exercises. Students will jump in the water, board a life raft and familiarise themselves with the layout and interior of an actual lifeboat.

They will demonstrate their competence and knowledge of launching a lifeboat, the marshalling of life rafts and conducting searches for persons in the water in a state of the art Lifeboat Simulator*.

This course meets the requirements of STCW Section A-VI/2.

*Lifeboat simulator sessions are delivered at the City campus, 2 Commerce Street, Auckland

Key facts

Start Date(s)

Enquire upon application for start dates

Duration Five days
Time 8am - 4pm (2pm finish Friday)
Study location(s) New Zealand Maritime School
Study method In-class
Domestic fees $1575
International fees (NZD) $1575
Course code 941.415
Offered by School of NZ Maritime

Entry requirements


  • Must demonstrate ability to swim and tread water. Must hold 12 months seatime.

Please supply the following prior to attendance:

  • Swim Form
  • Medical Fitness Certificate.

Students who have previously attended PISC with NZ Maritime School ONLY are exempt from Day 1.

You must however notify Reception if you plan to attend from Day 2 onwards in the event of any scheduling changes.

For more information email, phone 0800 62 62 52 or enquire below.

Note: Withdrawal period is 7 days prior to course start date for full refund.

Information is correct as at 27 July 2022. The fee quoted is an indicative short course fee. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. Short courses stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. International Students holding an appropriate visa may enrol on this course. All short course fees are in New Zealand Dollars and inclusive of GST. Manukau Institute of Technology reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course with insufficient enrolments or for any other reason where cancellation is necessary before the course is planned to start. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020.