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Course Description

The STCW Medical First Aid course is set up to offer seafarers the relevant knowledge and skills to give medical first aid on board a vessel, in accordance with STCW Regulations. The course would cover the following:

1. Describe body structure and functions relating to immediate first aid.

2. List the contents of the first aid kit and demonstrate use of the equipment..

3. Describe use of the Medical First Aid Guide, including treatment required as a result of accidents involving dangerous goods.

4. Identify the immediate measures to be taken when accidents, medical emergencies or illnesses occur, including prioritising actions to be taken and minimising risk of harm to self and casualty.

5. Describe how to manage illness on board.

6. Describe the procedures for maintaining hygiene when undertaking fi rst aid, and demonstrate correct hand washing techniques.

7. Demonstrate maintenance of airway, breathing and circulation in a casualty requiring resuscitation, and an unconscious or choking casualty – including carrying out cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

8.Demonstrate how to give appropriate fi rst aid in accordance with recognised principles for illnesses related to chest pain, breathing problems, hypoglycaemia and poisoning.

9. Explain the procedures for getting radio medical advice and identify the information

that needs to be provided to enable the most appropriate advice to be given.

10. Describe cause and recognition of shock and demonstrate its management.

11. Describe external and internal types of bleeding and demonstrate their control and management.

12. Describe how to identify the causes and severity of common types of burns and demonstrate their immediate management.

13. Describe the effect of extremes of heat and cold and demonstrate the management of related conditions, including heat exhaustion, heat stroke and hypothermia.

14. Describe types of spinal and musculo-skeletal injuries and demonstrate their

immediate management.

15. Describe types of injury related to the head, chest and abdomen and demonstrate

their management.

16. Demonstrate methods of caring for and monitoring ill persons.

17. Identify casualty rescue requirements and demonstrate appropriate transportation



Those undertaking this training must have completed Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (Section A-VI/1- 2 of the STCW Code) or similar training acceptable to the MCA. Although not recommended for inexperienced seafarers, those who have not undertaken training in accordance with the above may undergo combined training covering the requirements for certificates in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting as well as Advanced Fire Fighting.

Documents Required

  • Fire fighting course completion certificate and Valid Medical fitness certificate. 

  • 6 months of sea service Proof

  • Candidates need to bring their Boiler suit and Safety Shoes for Practicals

  • Stamp/Passport size photo in formals,


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