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Maritime First Aid Training & Certification

Built to STCW standards as put forth by the IMO. Also complies with applicable OSHA and Canada standards.


We Offer Three Types of Maritime First Aid Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Maritime First Aid certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Maritime First Aid Training Course?

Our Maritime First Aid training course is regulation-aligned.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 2 – 2.5 hours.

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Maritime First Aid Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1910.151 – Medical services and first aid
  • 29 CFR 1926.23 – First Aid and Medical Attention
  • 29 CFR 1926.50 – Construction Medical Services and First Aid
  • 29 CFR 1915 – Shipyard safety and health
  • 20 – General Safety and Health Provisions, training
  • 29 CFR 1926.21 – Training and Education
  • ANSI Z308.1 – First Aid Kits and Supplies
  • STCW A-VI/4-1– Proficiency in Medical First Aid on Board Ship
  • Canada Standards

  • SOR/86-304, 16.1 – First Aid
  • SOR/86-304, 16.2 – General
  • SOR/86-304, 16.3 – First Aid Attendants
  • SOR/86-304, 16.5 – First Aid Stations
  • SOR/86-304, 16.6 – Communication of Information
  • SOR/86-304, 16.7 – First Aid Supplies and Equipment
  • SOR/86-304, 16.9 – First Aid Rooms
  • SOR/86-304, 16.11 – Transportation
  • SOR/86-304, 16.12 – Teaching First Aid
  • SOR/86-304, 16.13 – Records

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Maritime First Aid Safety Training?

    In line with the standards listed above, many industries require employees to be trained in first aid and basic CPR to ensure that individuals receive life-saving treatment in the event of an emergency.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances are very specific: employees must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they still understand and can adhere to the standards and proper safety. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of training. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Maritime First Aid

    Did You Know?

    Diverting a vessel’s course to get medical assistance for one seafarer costs about $168,000.

    CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was created in the 1960s.

    In the last phases of hypothermia, the victim may feel as if they are too hot and start to undress themselves. This condition is called paradoxical undressing. (Source: NSC)


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What does STCW mean?

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    STCW is the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. The STCW sets standards for personnel on ships.

    What is essential in a maritime first aid kit?

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    Mariners need to use Class B first aid kits. These kits are more extensive in their contents so they can be used in high-risk environments.

    How is maritime first aid different than normal first aid?

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    There aren’t a lot of differences in basic care. However, mariners usually don’t have easy access to medical care because they are in the water away from ambulances, doctors, and hospitals. This means that mariners need to be trained in case of an accident to help victims until help can come.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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