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STCW Fast Rescue Boat Training, Davit Training, and Other Safety Training Programs in CA

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Established in 1983 and located in Newport Beach CA, Marine Rescue Consultants (MRC) has been a world leader in providing public and private agencies with services related to water rescue, including Rescue boat operations training, especially Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs, RIBs or RHIs); Davit and launch and recovery training; Rescue swimming training in surf, swiftwater, and calm water; Consulting on manning, deck layout, equipment, and operations; and Technical manuals for rescue boat operations and maintenance.

MRC has performed over 800 training classes in the United States and a dozen foreign countries, and the regular clients include the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy. The majorities of the classes, including the STCW FRB class, are built around a core curriculum and are conducted on site. Additionally, the FRB class is presented periodically at the Maine Maritime Academy, MITAGS, and the Northwest Pacific Maritime Institute.


MRC gives realistic, practical training from instructors with vast experience in both rescue boat operations and rescue boat training. They have performed training in every conceivable weather condition, in virtually every type of RHIB and Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in use (including prop and jet, diesel and outboard, 4 meter to 8 meter, tiller steering and remote helm), in hundreds of locations, over thousands of evolutions, for almost two decades, and have done so with a perfect safety record.

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  • STCW Fast Rescue Boat Training: MRC developed the first "Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat" training program to be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard (1996) that meets the mandatory requirements of the STCW Convention of the IMO. MRC also wrote the proposed national assessment standards for FRBs unanimously accepted by the MERPAC1 Survival and Rescue Craft working committee. By arrangement with the STAR Center in Dania, FL, the curriculum is also approved by the governments of Norway, Liberia, Marshall Islands, and the Bahamas.
  • Davit Training: MRC has been conducting training in the operations of the single point davits used to launch RHIBs from ships since 1984, including pioneering procedures for the safe and effective use of Constant Tension Winch davits. MRC is recognized in the United States and several foreign countries as the preeminent expert in RHIB launch and recovery and davit operations training, and can make important contributions to a safe and effective RHIB davit system from conception to use.

LAST UPDATED ON Sep 25, 2018