STCW Elementary First Aid

What is special about this course?

The Elementary First Aid course forms part of the mandatory basic safety training for all seafarers and gives those intending to go to sea a basic knowledge of the immediate action to be taken upon encountering an accident or other medical emergency aboard ship. These include checking for vital signs, bleeding, broken bones, shock, burns and scalds.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be at least 16 years old.

This Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) accredited course is part of the mandatory STCW basic safety training that is a pre requisite for entry to the Merchant Navy. A certificate is issued by the college on the successful completion of the course on behalf of the MCA . The course will cover:

  • Dealing with an emergency
  • Priorities of treatment
  • Casualty transport
  • Basic life support (CPR)
  • Shock management
  • Bandaging
  • Wounds/bleeding
  • Burns/scalds

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Short course

face to face lectures tutorials and demonstrations and practrical work

How long will my course last?

1 Days

Where can I study my course?

    • Argyll College UHI
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre

Start date

This course at various times throughout the year. Please visit Argyll College website or contact your local centre for further details


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course is part of the mandatory training for core crew aboard in the merchant navy  as an element of the Standard Training and Certification of Watchkeeper Act amended 2010 (STCW).

This certificate will assist in employment opportunities within the Maritime industry.


Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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