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Medical First Aid on Board Ship Course

This training is intended for seafarers who are designated to provide medical first aid on board ship, in accordance with STCW 95 Regulation V1/4, para 1 and STCW Code Section A-V1/4-1 and the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification Regulations) 1997.


To enable personnel designated to provide first aid on board ship to apply immediate first aid in the event of an accident or illness on board.  Personnel will also develop knowledge of reference materials and first aid/medical equipment on board and understanding of their use in the management of accidents and medical emergencies.

Entry Criteria

Students must be at least 16 years of age.

There are no pre-requisites in terms of prior training.  Trainees who hold a certificate in Elementary First Aid issued in accordance with Section A-V1/1 of the STCW Code (or an equivalent recognised by the MCA) must undertake this training in full in order to update and extend their knowledge and skills in current medical first aid procedures.

Course Content

  • Scene management
  • Resuscitation
  • The unconscious casualty
  • Shock
  • Bleeding
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Burns
  • Head injury
  • Fractures and dislocation
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Poisoning
  • Temperature extremes
  • Care of the rescued casualty
  • Medical emergencies
  • Casualty handling
  • Communications
  • Equipment and information
  • Health and hygiene


Maritime and Coastguard Agency - Proficiency in Medical First Aid on Board Ship


Five Days


At Prometheus residential training facility in Hope-under-Dinmore, Herefordshire.  Bespoke courses also available at a requested venue convenient to you.

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