Superyacht medical training: What qualifications you need on board

Written by Simon Osborne

Last updated: 19/12/2016

There are qualifications required for crew if they want to take charge of medical care or first aid on board a yacht or superyacht.

As well as the required STCW basic safety training course, which is required by all seafarers, there are two other courses, which will legally enable crew to offer more medical services to the persons on board their vessel. Both courses are approved by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

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MCA STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid On Board Ship

This course is for crew who are designated to provide first aid on board a yacht. The Proficiency in Medical First Aid will allow seafarers to gain a level of knowledge to be sufficient in providing medical first aid while on board, allowing them to be able to take immediate action in the case of injury or illness. It will also help users understand medical equipment found on board and use references such as the yacht’s medical guide.

The qualification is aimed at those responsible for providing first aid on vessels venturing up to 150 miles from a “safe haven”.

Course duration

All courses will last four days. Hours are usually 9:00am to 5:00pm or similar.

Price

Prices can vary depending on the crew training school, however they tend to vary from £375 to £625. A reasonable price to pay is around £440 to £450.

Validity

Five years. Qualifications will need renewing every five years.

Prerequisites

Students must be at least 16 years of age. Some training schools will have different prerequisites; some will have none and some may have a requirement of basic first aid or a certain amount of time spent at sea.

How is the medical course taught?

The course is usually taught through a mixture of theory and practical sessions and students are sometimes required to carry out some study outside of classroom hours.

Course material

  • Resuscitation
  • Scene management
  • An unconscious casualty
  • Shock
  • Bleeding
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Burns
  • Head injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Poisonings
  • Temperature extremes
  • Care of the rescued casualty
  • Medical emergencies
  • Casualty handling
  • Communications
  • Equipment and information
  • Health and hygiene
  • AED training now also included

How is it assessed?

Usually a combination of questions, written test and practical assessments or two of the three.

Next step

The next level to this is the below Proficiency in Medical Care course.

Find crew training companies providing medical courses here.

Click here to search crew training

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MCA STCW Proficiency in Medical Care On Board Ship

This course is the next step to the Proficiency in First Aid course, in that it concentrates on teaching medical diagnosis using a combination of symptom observation and the captain’s medical guide, enabling the crew member to be the eyes and ears of the doctor at the end of the radio.

Aimed at crew who are not only in charge of first aid but are designated to take charge of all medical care on board, it will allow them to diagnose medical problems and provide medical care to the sick and injured while they remain on board and until the yacht is in range of outside assistance.

The course will also enable the candidate to participate in coordinated schemes to provide medical assistance to ships.

Course duration

All courses will last five days. Hours are usually 9:00am to 5:00pm or similar.

Price

Prices are higher than the Proficiency in First Aid course and can again vary depending on the training school; however they tend to range from £475 to £750.

Validity

Five years. Qualifications will need to be renewed every five years with a refresher course.

Prerequisites

Students must be at least 16 years of age and have a Proficiency in Medical First Aid certificate, which should be brought to the course.

How is it taught?

The course is usually taught through a mixture of theory and practical sessions and students are usually required to carry out some study outside of classroom hours.

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Course material

  • Communication with outside authorities
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Making a diagnosis
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • The abdominal system
  • ENT, dental and opthalmology
  • Communicable diseases
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Medication
  • Equipment and information
  • Patient management (general)
  • Patient management (specific)
  • Medical care of children

How is it assessed?

Again, usually a combination of questions, written test and practical assessments or two of the three.

Next step

There is no next step – only to keep refreshing the courses.

Find crew training companies providing medical courses here.

Click here to search crew training

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Superyacht medical training: What qualifications you need on board

Written by Simon Osborne

Last updated: 19/12/2016

There are qualifications required for crew if they want to take charge of medical care or first aid on board a yacht or superyacht.

As well as the required STCW basic safety training course, which is required by all seafarers, there are two other courses, which will legally enable crew to offer more medical services to the persons on board their vessel. Both courses are approved by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

A set of medical kits for a boatFirst aid kit

MCA STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid On Board Ship

This course is for crew who are designated to provide first aid on board a yacht. The Proficiency in Medical First Aid will allow seafarers to gain a level of knowledge to be sufficient in providing medical first aid while on board, allowing them to be able to take immediate action in the case of injury or illness. It will also help users understand medical equipment found on board and use references such as the yacht’s medical guide.

The qualification is aimed at those responsible for providing first aid on vessels venturing up to 150 miles from a “safe haven”.

Course duration

All courses will last four days. Hours are usually 9:00am to 5:00pm or similar.

Price

Prices can vary depending on the crew training school, however they tend to vary from £375 to £625. A reasonable price to pay is around £440 to £450.

Validity

Five years. Qualifications will need renewing every five years.

Prerequisites

Students must be at least 16 years of age. Some training schools will have different prerequisites; some will have none and some may have a requirement of basic first aid or a certain amount of time spent at sea.

How is the medical course taught?

The course is usually taught through a mixture of theory and practical sessions and students are sometimes required to carry out some study outside of classroom hours.

Course material

  • Resuscitation
  • Scene management
  • An unconscious casualty
  • Shock
  • Bleeding
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Burns
  • Head injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Poisonings
  • Temperature extremes
  • Care of the rescued casualty
  • Medical emergencies
  • Casualty handling
  • Communications
  • Equipment and information
  • Health and hygiene
  • AED training now also included

How is it assessed?

Usually a combination of questions, written test and practical assessments or two of the three.

Next step

The next level to this is the below Proficiency in Medical Care course.

Find crew training companies providing medical courses here.

Click here to search crew training

First aid kit open with medicineMedical care training

MCA STCW Proficiency in Medical Care On Board Ship

This course is the next step to the Proficiency in First Aid course, in that it concentrates on teaching medical diagnosis using a combination of symptom observation and the captain’s medical guide, enabling the crew member to be the eyes and ears of the doctor at the end of the radio.

Aimed at crew who are not only in charge of first aid but are designated to take charge of all medical care on board, it will allow them to diagnose medical problems and provide medical care to the sick and injured while they remain on board and until the yacht is in range of outside assistance.

The course will also enable the candidate to participate in coordinated schemes to provide medical assistance to ships.

Course duration

All courses will last five days. Hours are usually 9:00am to 5:00pm or similar.

Price

Prices are higher than the Proficiency in First Aid course and can again vary depending on the training school; however they tend to range from £475 to £750.

Validity

Five years. Qualifications will need to be renewed every five years with a refresher course.

Prerequisites

Students must be at least 16 years of age and have a Proficiency in Medical First Aid certificate, which should be brought to the course.

How is it taught?

The course is usually taught through a mixture of theory and practical sessions and students are usually required to carry out some study outside of classroom hours.

Medical care trainingMedical care training

Course material

  • Communication with outside authorities
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Making a diagnosis
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • The abdominal system
  • ENT, dental and opthalmology
  • Communicable diseases
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Medication
  • Equipment and information
  • Patient management (general)
  • Patient management (specific)
  • Medical care of children

How is it assessed?

Again, usually a combination of questions, written test and practical assessments or two of the three.

Next step

There is no next step – only to keep refreshing the courses.

Find crew training companies providing medical courses here.

Click here to search crew training

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