STCW – Proficiency in Medical First Aid

The Proficiency in Medical First Aid course is designed for seafarers who are designated to provide medical first aid on board ship in accordance with STCW A-V1/4 (1-3).

The course provides knowledge of giving first aid safely at sea, and contains both theoretical and practical elements to build capability and confidence.

It covers subjects including medical emergencies, resuscitation, poisons, temperature extremes, wounds and bleeding, head injuries, fractures, dislocations, and spinal injuries, among other subjects.

In commercial terms this qualification is aimed at those responsible for providing first aid on vessels venturing up to 150 miles from a safe haven. It is also useful for those that might be considering blue water cruising. 

Pre- Course Requirements

Candidates must be over 18 and have already completed the STCW95 Elementary First Aid course.

All candidates must have a basic level of fitness in order complete the practical first aid exercises.

Course Content

  • Medical emergencies
  • Communication, equipment & information
  • Resuscitation
  • Scene Management and care of the casualty
  • Casualty handling and the unconscious casualty, transportation techniques
  • Shock – Bleeding, wounds and injuries
  • Burns
  • Head injuries, fractures & dislocation
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Poisoning, effects/ treatments/pharmacology
  • Temperature extremes
  • Serious illnesses
  • Heart attacks

Course Delivery

Classroom teaching is backed by practical sessions to consolidate the information delivered in the course.

Assessment and Certification

Assessment is by practical and written exam on the final day of the course.

Successful candidates will receive the Proficiency in Medical First Aid STCW A-VI/4, (paragraphs 1 -3) certificate.


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Proficiency in Medical First Aid Course Dates

Medical First Aid

Course Cost

Course Fee (Inc. VAT) £650.00


Course Duration

4 Days - 0900 - 1600

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