This four day course will enable you to administer First Aid to passengers or crew that have been injured or fall ill whilst at sea. You will look at all the major situations where First Aid is required, from poisoning to wounds, from falls to drowning. You will then have an internationally recognised accreditation that will allow you to practice this discipline on vessels up to 150 miles offshore.
Though this is technically for professional seafarers, it does go into sufficient depth that it should be seriously considered for anyone planning on going to sea for a protracted period of time, whether a leisure yachtsman or a professional deckhand.
Expect to pay around £400/565 EUROS/US $625 depending on when and where you do the First Aid course.
You will be able to practice First Aid at sea, up to 150 miles offshore. This may enable you to keep the patient alive and comfortable until help arrives by helicopter or lifeboat.
The course is theoretical with lots of practice on dummies, for instance administering CPR.
This is a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency accredited course so can only be done in the UK and its dependencies. Perform a search on the The Boating Hub website for an idea of where to do the course near you.
A previous short First Aid course would be helpful but is not required. The minimum age requirement is 16 years old.
The course is 4 days long. Expect to be given homework as well as the tuition on the days.
It covers the following situations:
You will cover the theory and practice on dummies, and will be expected to do homework every evening.
Finally, you will be examined throughout the course but also sit a 30 question multiple choice exam at the end.
Consider the MCA/STCW Proficiency in Medical Care as a next step. Having the First Aid certificate should significantly improve your employability in the super yacht industry as well.
Yes, this is UK government approved and is recognised under the International Maritime Organisation’s Standards for the Training and Certification of Watchkeeping Convention.