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STCW Elementary First Aid Training Course (EFA)

1 day course
Theory 140 minutes
Practical 230 minutes
Assessment 40 minutes

Breaks for refreshments are not included in this overall total

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This MCA regulated elementary first aid course provides all delegates intending to go to sea, the education and training in elementary first aid to meet the knowledge, understanding and proficiency (KUP) requirements as set out in the SCTW Table A-VI/1-3.

It is one of five courses that together make up the STCW Basic Safety Training Course  - an essential qualification for anyone wishing to work on commercial ships.
Delegates should be aware of the practical aspects of the training and the requirement to be fit and well enough to demonstrate CPR at ground level.

This course teaches the correct action to take in a first aid emergency, including administering basic life support, dealing with bleeding, burns / scolds, fractures, major illness and treatment of shock.

The Elementary First Aid course is delivered from a purpose-built classroom to support STCW instruction and uses well maintained equipment such as CPR Mannikins with inbuilt compression sensors and an array of stretchers and medical apparatus.

During this course delegates will be taught to:

  • Identify types of accidents and emergencies on board that may require first aid to be administered and the type of casualties that may arise
  • Describe methods of raising the alarm and how the manner and timing would relate to different degrees of accident or emergency
  • Identify the immediate measures to be taken when accidents or medical emergencies occur
  • Prioritise actions required when providing first aid
  • Outline the importance of minimising risk of further harm to self and casualty
  • Describe body structure and functions relating to elementary first aid
  • Identify emergency first aid equipment and demonstrate its use, including improvisation of bandages
  • Demonstrate maintenance of airway, breathing and circulation in a casualty requiring resuscitation and an unconscious or choking casualty
  • Demonstrate correct positioning of a casualty according to the injury
  • Describe cause and recognition of shock and demonstrate its management
  • Describe types of bleeding and demonstrate their control and management
  • Describe cause and recognition of burns, scalds and accidents caused by electric current and demonstrate their management
  • Identify casualty rescue and transportation techniques

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand what to do in case of an accident or other medical emergency on board 
  • Apply elementary first aid techniques

To view the full course timetable click here.

The MRS Training & Rescue instructors delivering this course are all existing rescue operators who deliver specialist rescue training for awarding bodies and internally accredited courses. 

All undertake, as a minimum, the Level 3 Approved Educational Training package (or equivalent) and the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, to assess in both the work based and vocational arenas. 

Delegates will be assessed by an independent assessor on completion of the theoretical and practical training. The delegates will need to complete a written and practical assessment to establish their competence. 

On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a printed MRS Training & Rescue certificate.

The course is regulated by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Those successfully completing the assessments will be issued with a certificate which currently has no revalidation period - however we would suggest not exceeding 5 years. 


There will be a maximum of 12 people on this course with an instructor to candidate ratio of 1:12.

If you book this course online, you can pay for the course by debit or credit card.

If you wish to pay via an invoice, please enquire about the course and our team will contact you to complete the booking.

Courses start at 9am and finish at about 5pm.  


No – all equipment will be provided.

Yes. Delegates should be fit and well enough to demonstrate CPR at ground level. 

Delegates must also provide government issued photo identification on their day of training. This is a mandatory requirement and failure to provide this will prevent the delegate taking the training until verification can be made.  

Delegates must also complete the STCW Delegate Registration Form and STCW Pre Course Medical Questionnaire prior to the start of the course.

Course materials, refreshments and a light lunch are provided.

The MRS Training & Rescue certificate will be provided to successful candidates at the end of the course.

Joining instructions are sent by email – which are usually received on the same day but always within 48 hours of booking.

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Yes, free parking is available at all our UK training centres for course candidates.

Magic Instructor, he's very engaging and methodical with his teachings. Good course for First Aid… definitely recommend. Great Value for money and staff are super friendly!
Andrea Knott
Good quality training provided with a professional attitude.
Good facilities, knowledgeable staff who provide first class tuition. Highly recommended for your H&S training needs.
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  • Where possible, include information specific to delegates’ working practices so they leave ready to apply the learning in their day-to day roles.

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