University of Alaska Southeast

Course Description

Basic Safety Training Refresher

Code and NumberVTEC - 031

Must obtain a doctor's statement of health or provide a USCG Medical Certificate

Must be able to demonstrate physical competencies.  Students who cannot demonstrate physical competencies will be unable to pass the class.

Must be able to read and write fluently in the English Language.


The 24-hour Basic Safety Training Refresher is intended for Mariners who are renewing their credentials and lack 1 year of seatime in the past 5 years required to maintain recency of BST.  Students are required to pass all written exams and physical proficiencies required for regular Basic Safety Training classes.


Students will have one 2-hr session at the pool and will need an extra set of clothing for this portion of the class - swimsuits will not be allowed. Students will be required to don immersion suits and swim in an immersion suit. They will also right a liferaft.

During the firefighting session, students will don fire turnout gear, including a self-contained breathing apparatus and will be required to fight live fires using appropriate equipment. Students may not have any facial hair that will interfere with the seal of the SCBA.

Coast Guard Documentation

Complete information regarding USCG documentation can be found on the Coast Guard National Maritime Center website. You can also contact the USCG National Maritime Center Help Desk at 1-888-427-5662. Personnel there are very helpful and happy to answer your questions. Other useful phone numbers are below.

UAS Ketchikan Marine Transportation Office: 907.228.4568

Ketchikan USCG Marine Safety Office: 907.225.4496

Juneau USCG Regional Exam Center: 907.463.2458