The course aims to provide the training for candidates to provide elementary first aid on board ship, in accordance with section A-VI/1 of the STCW code.
This syllabus covers the requirements of the 2010 STCW Convention Chapter VI, Section A-VI/1, and table A-VI/1-3.
On meeting the minimum standard of competence in elementary first aid, a trainee will be competent to take immediate action upon encountering an accident or medical emergency until the arrival of a person with medical first aid skills or the person in charge of medical care on board.
The course is open to all seafarers to be designated in charge of medical care on board ships. Those entering the course should have successfully completed training in medical first aid on board ship. The course is also open to seafarers who have previously completed this medical care training and who wish to comply with the recommendation in the IMO/ILO document for guidance (version 1985) that a refresher course should be undertaken at intervals of approximately five years.
On successful completion of the course and demonstration of competence, a document may be issued certifying that the holder has met the standard of competence specified in Table A-VI/1-3 of STCW 2010.
A certificate may be issued only by centres approved by the administration.