Basic safety training

All fishermen are required to undertake mandatory safety training   Anyone starting work on a UK-registered commercial fishing vessel for the first time must complete 1-day Seafish courses in sea survival, fire-fighting, first aid and health and safety, all fishermen who have been working for two or more years must also have completed a 1-day Seafish course in Safety Awareness and Accident Prevention. 

We recommend that all fishermen should refresh their basic training every three years to ensure that they keep their safety knowledge and skills up-to-date. You never know when you might need it, but in an emergency it is vital that you and your fellow crew members know what to do. Lives may depend on it.   



Information for ATPs

We've pulled together a suite of useful tools to help you promote any Fishermen's Safety Training courses that you are running:

For more information on any of the above, please contact

 *The current funding is provided by the EMFF and MCA and Seafish has been able to get an extension to secure additional funding after this deadline. The new deadlines are

  • England - 31st March 2020
  • Scotland - 31st March 2020
  • Northern Ireland - 31st December 2018
  • Wales - 30th June 2019

Note: Although funding is available until these deadlines there is a set amount available and so cannot be guaranteed.