STCW – Elementary First Aid

The Elementary First Aid course forms part of the mandatory basic safety training for all seafarers.

The training is designed to provide a basic knowledge of the immediate action to be taken upon encountering the most common emergencies aboard ship. These include checking for vital signs, bleeding, broken bones, shock, burns and scalds.

Treatments taught include CPR, hypothermia, bandaging methods and when and how to move a casualty.

Pre- Course Requirements

Candidates must be over 16 and have a basic level of fitness in order complete the practical first aid exercises.

Course Content

Taking immediate action upon encountering an accident or other medical emergency;

  • Knowledge, understanding and proficiency in basic first aid
  • Assessing the needs of the casualty and your own safety
  • Appreciation of body structure and functions
  • Understanding the immediate measures to be taken in case of an emergency
  • Positioning a casualty – Applying resuscitation techniques – Controlling bleeding – Basic shock management
  • Understanding Hypothermia and subsequent treatment
  • Applying appropriate measures in event of burns and scalds
  • The rescue and transport of a casualty
  • Improvising bandages and using your emergency kit.

Course Delivery

A mixture of theory and practical sessions.

Assessment and Certification

The Personal Survival Techniques STCW A-VI/1-3 certificate is awarded at the end of the course on the basis of continuous assessment.

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