STCW complaint internationally recognised first aid for seafarers

Coastal Medic - life saving skills for seafarers

Minimum age 14 years

Duration: 1 day - 8.30am to 4.30pm. Timings may vary on the day

Group size:
Small groups personalised training 6 - 8


Classroom - trainer-led

Operational area:
For vessels which operate within 3 hours of medical assistance.


This is a course based on ‘save a life’ and basic first aid procedures, recommended for all crew who do not have time to attend a 2 day course, and sail less than 3 hours from assistance or under 30 nautical miles from shore. The bare basics of emergency response in one day. Delivered from a boating perspective and covering the usual first aid subjects, this course is aimed at anyone who goes boating, whether on inland waters, dams, rivers, estuaries or on a coastal passage. This course is ideal for people using small craft such as runabouts, small cruisers, jetskis, support Skippers and racing crew subject to World Sailing (formerly ISAF) regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4).


What you will learn

The course teaches basic first aid and life-saving necessary to manage illness and injuries on board until further medical or rescue assistance arrives.

  • Radio medical protocols and calling for medical assistance afloat
  • CPR in the maritime environment - adults, children and infants
  • Hypothermia, exposure and seasickness treatment
  • Stabilising injured crew or passengers
  • Recovery positions in confined spaces
  • Burns and how to treat them
  • Head injuries and concussion
  • Patient evacuation by helicopter
  • Recovery positions in confined spaces
  • Head injuries and concussion
  • Treating slips, falls and common boating injuries
  • Common marine injuries,bites and stings
  • Recommended contents for your on board medical kit
Who should attend this course:
  • Any recreational boater - sail or power
  • Offshore and cruising sailors
  • Racing crew - based on ‘save a life’ and basic first aid procedures this course is recommended for all crew who do not have time to attend a 2 day course, and sail less than 3 hours from assistance or under 30 nautical miles from shore.

Qualified maritime medical trainers

You will be trained by a qualified MedAire maritime medical professional who knows and understands the unique challenges faced when at sea or out on the water.


Attendees will be assessed through the demonstration of practical skills, participation in role plays, analysis of case studies, Q & A and a written quiz.

What to bring

  • Pen and note pad
  • One form of photo ID - Drivers licence, Passport, Photo ID Card, Student Card
  • Any previous first aid certificates
  • Wear comfortable clothing

Course outcome

On successful completion of the course participants will receive a MedAire internationally recognised certificate of attendance. The course meets and exceeds basic first aid or workplace first aid requirements.


To maintain currency and validity of on board first aid skills it is recommended this course be completed every five years. The CPR component of the course should be updated every 12 months.

Training pathway

Race/Cruising Medic - 2 days (includes STCW internationally recognised certificate)

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