From 1 January 2016, the STCW course renewal system has changed as per the regulations. Mandatory courses of Individual Rescue Techniques and Fire Protection are obligatory, while the other two courses, ie Course of Elemental Medical Assistance and Personal Safety and Common Responsibility, can be updated by the Maritime Office in Gdynia on the basis of the valid certificate for an indefinite period. The condition for the exchange of certificates is to have an old certificate, which has been validated not earlier than 12 months from the date of submission of the exchange request and confirmation of 6 months of swimming practice in the last 5 years. The existing provisions regarding some indefinite certificates have also changed (Marine Lifeguard, Fire Protection - Higher, Medical Care). From 1 January 2017, the validity of certificates will be renewed every 5 years. Call us or send us your certifications to find out more about the conditions for their renewal.