1503 | Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (Maritime Security Specialist Course)

Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) (TRIDNT-747)
(VPDSD/Advanced: Maritime Security Specialist Course)

Price: $1,700
Course Number: 1503
Course Length: 40 hours, In-Person
Location: Trident Group, Inc., 1616 Centerville Turnpike, Suite 208, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Minimum Class Size: 6
Maximum Class Size: 12

Please bring picture ID on first day of class

Course Description

Any applicant who has successfully completed this Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (Maritime Security Specialist Course) (VPDSD)(TRIDNT-747) course will satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 12.625(a)(1) and STCW Table A-VI/6-2 for an STCW endorsement as Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties.

This 5 day United States Coast Guard certified course was developed by former US Navy SEAL/s who are Subject Matter Experts (SME) in Anti-Piracy operations with over 40 repels since 2008. Upon completion of this Maritime Security Specialist course the student will possess the necessary skill sets to work as a Maritime Security Specialist for the Maritime Industry, and receive a VPDSD certificate. Career guidance also offered upon successful completion of the course.

Course Outline:

1. Introduction (PRT / Classroom)

1.1 Swim Test:
250m (12 minutes)

1.2 Physical Capabilities Assessment:
5 Pull ups (To completion)
50 Push ups (To completion)
50 Air Squats (To completion)

1.5 Mile run (15 minutes):
Dummy Carry (40′ to completion)

1.3 Introduction and Documentation

1.4 Maritime (Vessel) Terminology and Familiarization

GA Plans; Overview
1.5 SOLAS Amendments & Regulatory Laws

ISPS & 33 CFR codes
Vessel Security Plan & Assessment
1.6 Anti-Piracy / Anti-terrorism Brief

2 Range

2.1 Pistol / Carbine


  • Multiple Target / Distances
  • Barricades
  • Steel Drills
  • Stress Course – Man vs. Man

2.2 MSS Weapons Proficiency Test

3 Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)

3.1 Medical Plan

3.2 Phases of Care

3.3 Primary Survey

3.4 Self/Situation

3.5 Life Threatening Bleeding

3.6 Airway/Breathing

3.7 Basic Anatomy

3.8 Head Trauma

3.9 Neck Trauma

3.10 Chest Trauma

3.11 ABD Trauma

4 Movement / Drills Classroom

4.1 Principals of Movement

4.2 Principals of Movement Practical

4.3 Piracy Drill Overview

4.4 Piracy Drill Practical

5 Waterborne Familiarization / Target Vessel

5.1 Weapons Cleaning

5.2 Waterborne Weapons Familiarization

5.3 Target Vessel RV / Piracy Drill Execution

5.4 Out brief


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