Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) Advanced Training Centre (ATC) was established on 29 February 2016, and originally referred to as the Training Office of SLCG Rohana. ATC was relocated to CGS Kirinda on 14 January 2022, owing to congestion in SLCG Rohana. It is currently administered by the Directorate of Training-SLCG. The purpose of the advance training centre is to design, develop and provide advanced training to newly joined personnel of the Sri Lankan Coast Guard (SLCG) in order to develop their skills in the areas of Search and Rescue (SAR), Prevention of illegal acts at sea, and maritime environmental protection. In addition to new classrooms and additional training facilities for forthcoming advanced courses, the school currently provides space for thirty trainees. In addition, the Directorate of Training- nominates qualified instructors from government organisations to conduct approved annual training programmes. Theoretical and practical knowledge are imparted to trainees in order to boost their confidence as law enforcement professionals.


‘Prepare best to perform better’


To develop talents, skills and competencies of coast guard personnel related to maritime safety and security concerns.


To design, formulate, plan, implement and evaluate the training ensuring continuous development of the human resource in SLCG.

To make aware the Coast Guard personnel about the functions of law enforcement organization including use of force continuum to perform general duties in SLCG.

To understand the work scope of peer organizations who work cooperatively with SLCG to ensure better coordination and cooperation.

To offer necessary knowledge related to coordination and execution of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations conducting simulated table top exercises and ensuring accurate application of standard procedures during SAR missions.

To improve the understanding of protection of marine environment especially from manmade marine disasters and improving the capability of oil spill response by enhancing the skills related to oil spill recovery procedures.

To arrange for necessary knowledge about boarding procedures and maritime vessel searching in order to improve the capacity of Coast Guard personnel performing the duties as members of boarding team.

To uplift the response for different types of incidents by familiarizing Coast Guard personnel with international operational procedures and principles.

To impart basic skills on life saving, small boat handling and providing basic first aid including water rescue.








Advanced training centre intends to develop individual and collective training in accordance with modern concepts so that its personnel can perform their duties in the maritime zones of Sri Lanka and beyond with greater dependability, resilience, and competence. SLCG identified the need for pragmatic training for the existing and expanding workforce to address emerging maritime transnational crimes, other illegal maritime activities around Sri Lanka's maritime zones, search and rescue operations, maritime pollution control, and all maritime safety issues. Therefore, to accomplish the goals, ATC has developed its training curricula in various modules.

One of the major concerns of ATC is to conduct 05 weeks long combined maritime law enforcement capsule as a transition course for newly transferred officers and sailors from navy to SLCG. This course comprised of acquaintance module legal framework from connected maritime stakeholders, visit board search and seizure module, Oil spill response and management module, search and rescue module and rigid hulled inflated boat handling module. Presently the School is equipped to cater about 50 trainees with modern training aids. ATC ensures making of confident and competent law enforcement professional at the end of the course by rightly imparting theoretical and practical understanding.


Coast Guard Acquaintance Course

Search & Rescue Course

Maritime Law Enforcement and Boarding Officer Course

Maritime Disaster Prevention & Oil Spill Response course

RHIB Operator Course


Maritime Vessel Search Training Course (By Australian Boarder Force)

Oil Spill Incident Management Training at Open Seas (By Japan Coast Guard and JICA Sri Lanka)

VBSS Basic/Advance/Instructor course conducted by UNODC

Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Operators Course (By Australian Boarder Force)