Offshore First Aid

Ensure that offshore personnel are trained to a standard where they can administer basic first aid on their own and provide assistance to the Offshore Medic where necessary.

On successful completion of the course and final assessment, the delegate will receive a HSE approved, nationally recognized First Aid at Work certificate. This requires to be revalidated every three years. All delegates will also receive a course pack which includes an up-to-date first aid manual.


The syllabus consists of 11 practical, lecture and demonstration based modules:

  • Aims and principles of first aid.
  • Assessment and treatment of a wounded, bleeding or shocked casualty and common major and minor illnesses.
  • Management of the unconscious casualty, basic life support (CPR), including the use of defibrillators, the use and maintenance of manual resuscitators, manual suction devices, oropharyngeal airways and oxygen supplies.
  • How to deal with burns, eye injuries and poisons encountered offshore.
  • Personal hygiene and the prevention of cross-infection during first aid procedures.
  • Record keeping and the use of first aid equipment.
  • Safe use of Entonox.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in an emergency and the transportation of a sick or injured patient safely and effectively onshore by helicopter.
  • Treatment of a casualty who is suffering from an injury, including the dressing and immobilisation of injured parts.
  • Treatment of hypothermia, hyperthermia and the effects of immersion.
  • Treatment of injuries to bones, muscles and joints and inhalation of hot gasses or smoke.

The Offshore First Aid course is a HSE approved course that complies with the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First Aid) Regulations 1989. Delegates that are trained in Offshore First Aid must complete this course within three years of first qualifying.

The Offshore First Aid course is a HSE approved course that complies with the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First Aid) Regulations 1989. Delegates that are trained in Offshore First Aid must complete this course within three years of first qualifying.