Fishing Vessel Stability Awareness training

Learn about the principles of fishing vessel stability, what causes instability and how to fix it. A range of courses are available to suit your role.

An unstable vessel can capsize so it is important that anyone working on a fishing vessel understands the principles of vessel stability.

Our Approved Training Providers offer a range of Stability Awareness courses for everyone who works on a fishing vessel regardless of experience. There are three levels:

You may be eligible for funding to cover the cost of these courses too. Information about funding is at the bottom of this page. 

Image is a mock up of a fishing vessel at sea. One side is upright and the other has capsized. Text says Know Your Limits Unstable Vessels Capsize.
The Home and Dry fishing safety campaign highlights the causes of instability and how to fix them.

Introduction to Stability Awareness course

The Introduction to Fishing Vessel Stability course is a beginners course. It is designed to introduce people new in to the fishing industry to the fundamental principles of stability on board a fishing vessel. Attendees will get an understanding of how the tasks they do on a fishing vessel can impact stability. 

Who should attend?

Anyone new to fishing or in their first job on a fishing vessel.

Where can you do the course?

The course is available through our Approved Training Provider network across the UK. Get in touch with your local training provider for more details.

How long is the course?

This is a half day course.

Intermediate Stability Awareness course

Photo of four small fishing vessels in a harbour.
Intermediate and Advanced Stability Awareness training is a requirement for the Under 16.5m Skipper Certificate.

This intermediate course, also known as the Stability Awareness for Experienced Fishermen course, goes in to more details about the causes of instability and how to fix them. Attendees will be more aware of how the tasks they do on a fishing vessel can impact stability and gives them the knowledge and skills to fix any stability problems. 

Who should attend? 

Any experienced crew member. It is also required for anyone going for the restricted (fishing than 20 nautical miles from shore) or unrestricted (fishing more than 20 nautical miles from shore) Under 16.5m Skippers Certificate. Participants should be familiar with fishing operations and their role on the vessel.

Anyone who has completed the Introductory course is encouraged to take this course when they are more experienced.

Where can you do the course?

The course is available through our Approved Training Provider network across the UK. Get in touch with your local training provider for more details.

We can also arrange for you to do the course and the invigilated assessment online with a tutor from an Approved Training Provider. Contact us using the details at the bottom of the page. 

How long is the course?

This is a one day course in person. If taking the online course, there is no time limit. 

Advanced Stability Awareness course

Photo shows two men being shown a model fishing vessel by a trainer in a classroom.
Andy Hodgson at Whitby Fishing School showing two trainees the model vessel during the Advanced Stability Awareness course.

The Advanced Stability Awareness course is required for anyone looking to get their Under 16.5m Skippers Certificate. 

Who should attend? 

The Advanced Stability Awareness course is required for anyone working towards the Under 16.5m Skippers Certificate at both levels, restricted within 20 miles and unrestricted beyond 20 miles. The intermediate course should be completed first. 

It is also relevant to watchkeepers on larger vessels.

Where can you do the course?

The course is classroom based and is available through our Approved Training Provider network across the UK. Please contact your local training provider for more details.

How long is the course?

This is a one day course in person. 

Funding for Stability Awareness courses

We may be able to fund the cost of Stability Awareness courses if you meet the eligibility criteria. This includes:

  • You are a registered crew member or skipper on a UK-registered commercial fishing vessel.
  • You have completed all mandatory training courses

Find out more by following the link below or get in touch with us. 

Contact us to apply for funding

All funding must be approved before booking a course.

Lee Haigh
Fishermen's Training Advisor
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07904 660 484
Seafish Training
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0131 558 3331