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About this course

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All students attending on-campus courses at Warsash Maritime School must take a Covid-19 test before starting their training. For more information about Covid-19 testing, please read our guidance document.

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. 

Covid-19 control measures

Please note, the information below may change without notice and in response to any updated UK Government guidance, as applicable.

  • Covid-19 health declaration at start of course and on every subsequent day of course (in addition to the standard short course medical declaration if required).
  • 50% class reduction to facilitate social distancing.
  • All touch surfaces cleaned throughout the day and deep clean of all facilities before start of teaching day.
  • Hand sanitiser stations (gel - min alcohol content 70%) provided in class, throughout buildings in the minibuses and at the pool.
  • One in one out policy for the toilets.
  • Individual numbered desks in class and staff wear RPE and gloves for enrolment (students asked to stand clear at that time). No multi usage of teaching spaces on any one teaching day by differing class groups.
  • Modified lesson plans to ensure learning outcomes met with verbal interaction from own desk.
  • Staff only handle classroom equipment and props unless required for delegate demonstration of competency. In this case additional hygiene and cleaning requirements apply.
  • Delegates demonstrate CPR with rescue breaths the minimum number of times required for the course instructor to assess competency. Manikin face shields and masks will be provided for this and enhanced cleaning applies in between exercises.
  • Bagged meals and bottled water provided for students to consume at their own desk/outside.

Please also 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.

Course availability

Please contact admissions for course availability and to book.

Contact us

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course.

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