MCA STCW Medical Care (5 days)

Approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, this course is designed for seafarers who are designated to provide medical first aid on board ship in accordance with STCW 95 A-V1/4 (1-3). In commercial terms this qualification is aimed at those responsible for providing medical care on vessels voyaging worldwide however it also provides a wealth of knowledge to those that might be considering blue water cruising.

This course moves on from the Medical First Aid course in that it concentrates on teaching medical diagnosis using a combination of symptom observation and the Ship's Captains Medical Guide enabling you to be the eyes and ears of the doctor at the end of the radio. It also concentrates on teaching longer term medical care of casualties using, if necessary, the contents of the Cat A medical kit. Minor surgical procedures such as suturing, catheterisation, urine testing and the administering of injections are also taught.

During the course you will cover the following modules:

  • Communication with outside authorities such as radio medical advice and port 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

Teaching methods:

Mixture of theory and practical sessions. Students will be required to undertake some study outside of classroom hours.

Assessment methods: 

Students are assessed by a mixture of questioning, written tests and practical demonstrations of aspects taught to ensure underpinning of knowledge.


0900 until approximately 1700 each day.

What's Included: 

All course materials including comprehensive course notes to take away. Morning and afternoon tea.

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Duration: 5 days

Previous Experience Required: STCW Medical First Aid On Board Ship.

Course Overview: Advanced training to enable someone to diagnose medical problems and provide medical care to the sick and injured whilst they remain on board. It will also enable the candidate to participate in coordinated schemes to provide medical assistance to ships. Knowledge of drugs in Cat A medical kits is taught.

Minimum Age: 16 years.

Cost: £640

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MCA STCW Proficiency in Medical Care On Board Ship