Medical Care (Ship Captain’s Medical)

STCW Code A-VI/4-2

This classification should be used for all Navigational Ship’s Officers from Second Mate and higher, as well as all Grade One Fishing Officers.

Course Objectives

The Ship Captain’s Medical course has been designed to ensure the appointed medical Officer meets the First Aid requirements for rendering medical assistance to any crew member in the event of a traumatic accident or medical emergency on board. The objective is to train the learner to a level that he, or she, is the extension of the Marine Doctor ashore. They should firstly be able to communicate with Radio medical Advice in such a way that both parties understand each other. He must be able to respond appropriately to the emergency and then assist in making a diagnosis and prognosis of the casualty’s condition. Know how to treat the casualty according to the advice given via Radio Medical Advice, and then monitor and nurse the casualty and report back on the progress regularly.


All senior officers and Ship Captains. (Engineering and Navigational Personnel), irrespective of their academic training and qualification.

Course Duration

The course is 40 Hours duration, including practical evaluation, oral examination and a written examination. And a compulsory hospital shift in a casualty, performing the learn skills under supervision.


Certificate is valid for 5 years


Costs for the course including VAT and catering R3200


As course size is limited to ensure quality training please make contact with the office or email to ensure placement on a course date.