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)

Monday 16 September 2024 - 20 September 2024

Duration Five days
Time 8am - 4pm (2pm finish Friday)
Study location(s) New Zealand Maritime School
Study method In-class
Domestic fees $1,815 (approx.)
International fees (NZD) NZD$1,815 (approx.)
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, phone 0800 62 62 52 or enquire below.

Information is correct as at 19 January 2024. 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 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. 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 is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020.