Safety Awareness and Accident Prevention

Compulsory Courses for New Fishermen


1 Day



In addition to the four courses required of new entrants, all experienced fishermen, regardless of whether they hold a Certificate of Competency, must complete a one-day Safety Awareness course.

The MCA requires that fishermen who have completed their basic safety training abroad complete this course on arrival to work on a UK commercial fishing vessel.
Experienced fishermen (defined in MGN411 as those who have been fishing for two years or more), are required to have completed Safety Awareness training.

Seafish allow fishermen with a minimum of six month’s fishing experience to attend Safety Awareness training. This provides an 18-month window of opportunity to complete the course, prior to it becoming a legal requirement after two years. This course must also be completed by experienced fishermen from outside the UK before they start work on a UK vessel.

There is no age restriction on fishermen undertaking Safety Awareness training.

Course Certification and Compliance

The Seafish Industry Authority on behalf of the MCA will issue a course certificate to those who complete the course successfully.

Upon completion of this course, experienced fishermen are recommended to apply to Seafish for an Experienced Fisherman photo identification card verifying their compliance with this requirement.

You can download the form to apply for Experienced Fisherman ID on the Seafish Website

Course Aim

To improve the safety culture on board fishing vessels through the management of safety.
By the end of the training participants will:

  • Understand the legal requirements that control safety in the fishing industry
  • Understand health and safety hazards and risks
  • Be able to complete a risk assessment
  • Be able to develop a safety management system for a fishing vessel

Examination Type

This course does not have an exam. You are assessed throughout the day of the training. 

To apply for your place or find out more:

Other Courses for New Fishermen

Our Trainers

Seafood Cornwall Training is committed to providing everyone who learns with us with the highest standards of training.

All our trainers have plenty of experience in the areas they are teaching and have kept their expertise up to date. Whether that is because they have been in the fishing industry for many years as a Skipper, or are working regularly as a Paramedic or Firefighter, they will make sure your course is enjoyable, practical and gives you the confidence you need to progress your career as a fisherman.

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