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About this course

Following the government’s guidance, from 4 April we will not be requiring delegates to undertake any testing before attending their course. However, it is strongly recommended that face coverings are worn when in enclosed spaces and where social distancing is not possible. There may also be some courses which still require additional PPE - this will be provided as appropriate.

While the requirement for testing has been relaxed, we ask that students/delegates only attend their course if they are fully well to do so - this is to ensure that fellow students/delegates and staff are protected and courses can continue to run.

If you have any issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at

This highly practical four-day course is for seafarers designated to provide first aid on board ship and for those needing certificates of competency. The course will equip you with the knowledge to apply immediate first aid to an injured casualty and to a person suffering illness on board. 

What you'll learn

During the course you'll cover theory and practical aspects of how to administer first aid, including:

  • Basic life support
  • Managing incidents
  • Casualty monitoring
  • Management of chest pain
  • Management of shock, bleeding, burns and injuries
  • Management of musculo-skeletal injuries, including sprains, dislocation and fractures
  • Management of the effects of the environment, such as hypothermia and heatstroke
  • Management of medical conditions

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Proficiency in Medical First Aid certificate. 

This course also includes Automated External Defibrillation training - a separate certificate for this is issued to successful students.

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Warsash Maritime School and Solent University.

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  • Prerequisites

    You must be at least 16 years old.

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Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Admissions Team

Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday