STC-SA is now accredited with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to facilitate this course at the Nelson Mandela University, North Campus, Port Elizabeth

Now includes Elementary First Aid

Target Group

All Seafarers


  • To preserve life
  • To promote recovery
  • Call for advance medical assistance


This learning opportunity is designed for all seafarers in any capacity wishing to pursue a career at sea. To achieve the basic procedures in first aid onboard a vessel, the competencies as described in the STCW and SAMSA Codes respectively.


  • Contents of First Aid Kit.
  • Body structure and function.
  • Toxicological hazards on-board ships.
  • Examination of casualty or patient.
  • Spinal Injuries.
  • Burns scalds and effects of heat and cold.
  • Fractures, dislocations and muscular injuries.
  • Medical care for rescued persons.
  • Radio medical advice.
  • Pharmacology.
  • Sterilization.
  • Cardiac arrest, drowning and asphyxia


  • ABET Literacy
  • Medically fit for sea

Medical First Aid incl Elementary First Aid (MFA incl EFA)

Course Duration: 4 Days
Course Certification: Certificate of Completion
Assessment: Written assessment & Practical evaluation
Validity: 5 years
Completion Exit Level: The competent learner will be able to perform the role of a first aid responder until advanced medical assistance arrives.
STCW Reference: A – VI/4
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