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First aid training for seafarers

STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid

Must be 18 years or older and hold a First Aid at Pre Sea level, St John, STCW or equivalent basic first aid.
Duration: 3 days + eLearning 8.30am - 4.30pm. Timings may vary.
Group size:
Small group personalised training. Minimum 6. Maximum 8
Delivery: Classroom trainer-led.
Operational area:
For vessels which operate more than 24 hours from medical assistance and up to 130 nm from shore.
STCW A-VI/4-1 Proficiency in Medical First Aid on Board Ship


This three-day course is aimed at commercial seafarer crew, racing crew,  offshore cruising sailors and those interested in working in the superyacht industry. The courses meets STCW safety training requirements.

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

Course content meets current STCW (Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping) Proficiency in Medical First Aid 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
  • Burn treatment
  • Head injuries and concussion
  • Patient evacuation by helicopter - Marine Order 57 (Helicopter operations) 2016
  • Recovery positions in confined spaces
  • Head injuries and concussion
  • Treating slips and falls
  • Common marine injuries,bites and stings
  • Recommended contents for your on board medical kit
  • Treating shock
  • Severe bleeding, amputation, crush, torso injuries and suturing
  • Fracture management
  • Head, neck and spinal injuries
  • Cold conditions and drowning protocols
  • Patient assessment and fluid management

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 First Aid on Board Ship.


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.

Training pathway

STCW95 A-VI/4-2 Proficiency in Medical Care on Board Ship - 5 days

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