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First aid training for seafarers

STCW Proficiency in Medical Care on Board

Must be 18 years or older and have a current STCW10 Certificate in Proficiency in Medical First Aid.
Duration: 5 days 8.30am - 4.30pm Timings may vary.
Group size
Small group personalised training. Minimum 6. Maximum 8
Delivery: Classroom trainer-led.
Ocean cruising and for meeting crew manning requirements for vessels 24 metres or over.
Approvals: STCW 10 A-VI/4-2 Proficiency in Medical Care on Board Ship


This course is intended for commercial seafarers who are designated to take charge of medical care onboard. It is also ideal training for cruising sailors.

Course Details

Who should attend this course

  • Offshore and cruising sailors
  • Racing crew
  • Ships crew
  • Marine commercial certificate of competency holders - Deckhand through to Master.

What you will learn

The course provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to take charge of a medical emergency on board, to seek assistance from shore based medical advisers, and carry out medical procedures as directed from shore based medical advisers. The course content meets current STCW (Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping) Proficiency in Medical Care requirement for sea-going vessels.

  • Radio medical protocols and calling for medical assistance afloat
  • CPR in the marine environment - adults, children and infants
  • Hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and seasickness treatment
  • Stabilising injured crew or passengers
  • Recovery positions in confined spaces
  • Treating burns
  • Treating slips and falls
  • Head injuries and concussion
  • Patient evacuation by helicopter
  • Recovery positions in confined spaces
  • Head injuries and concussion
  • Explosion injuries
  • Common marine injuries,bites and stings
  • Recommended contents for your on board medical kit
  • Shock and bleeding
  • Severe bleeding, amputation, crush, torso injuries, suturing
  • Fracture management
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Head, neck and spinal injuries
  • Cold conditions and drowning protocols
  • Heat illness
  • Special senses
  • Wound care
  • Management for alcohol and drug abuse
  • Patient assessment and fluid management
  • Actions to take in the event of a medical emergency aboard
  • Marine Order 57 (Helicopter operations) 2016
  • Medical diagnosis of infectious diseases and other conditions which may present at sea and port

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 pad
  • One form of photo ID - Drivers licence, Passport, Photo ID Card, Student Card
  • Any previous first aid certificates
  • Wear comfortable clothing, closed shoes are to be worn. (no sandals or thongs)

Course outcome

On successful completion of the course participants will receive a MedAire internationally recognised STCW Certificate of Competency Proficiency In Medical Care On Board.


Certification is issued under the authority of the MCA as per the requirements for STCW 2010 safety training. This is recognised by all signatory countries to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). MedAire’s STCW 2010 training is credentialed and audited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA - UK) and the U.S. Coast Guard. (USCG) The course also meets the requirements for ISAF racing rules of sailing 2013-2016 Special Regulations 4.07.6.

The STCW certificate issued carries a validity of 5 years at which time the course must be completed in entirety again, or the next level of course to be completed.


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

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