This 8-Hour First Aid & CPR with AED class is designed for all mariners both recreational and professional. The class is approved by the US Coast Guard to satisfy the requirements for mariners under the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) and satisfies the requirements for a Coast Guard Captain’s license. While, much of the information and training is the same as what you would receive in other land-based First Aid and CPR classes, there is additional information and emphasis on issues pertinent to professional mariners and recreational boaters. Circumstances involving waterborne accidents require specific training that may not be addressed in other First Aid & CPR classes.

Students will also be trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) like the ones you may have seen in airports. AED’s are essential lifesaving equipment for victims of life threatening cardiac arrhythmias such as ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia. In situations where emergency medical care will be delayed such as aboard a vessel, AED’s can mean the difference between survival and death.

Upon successful completion of this class, students will receive an STCW First Aid & CPR certificate. This class is accepted by American Sailing Association & U.S. Sailing for certification in First Aid & CPR.

*Annapolis School of Seamanship is not affiliated with the American Red Cross and this class does NOT offer a Red Cross certification.


First Aid:

  • General Principles of First Aid

  • Handling Medical Emergencies Aboard

  • Body Structure and Function

  • Victim Assessment

  • Wounds & Bleeding

  • Dressing & Bandaging

  • Burns & Scalds

  • Joint & Muscle Injuries

  • Fractures, Traction & Splinting

  • Chest, Abdominal & Pelvic Injuries

  • Sudden Illnesses

  • Diabetic Emergencies

  • Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Bites & Stings

  • Poisoning

  • Exposure, Hypothermia & Frost Bite

  • Dehydration & Sea Sickness

  • Sun Burn & Sun Poisoning

  • Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke

  • Life Threatening Injuries and Management of Shock

  • Rescue and Transport of Casualties

  • Drowning Emergencies

  • Calling for Help: USCG / Search and Rescue (SAR)


  • Unconscious Casualty

  • Resuscitation


  • Theory and Use

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