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Marine Basic First Aid

Basic two-day course offering an overview of first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for the marine/fishing industry. Course meets the requirements of Transport Canada outlined in Transport Publication (TP) 13008. Designed for any person who wants to obtain a rating certificate, endorsement, or a Master or Chief Mate limited certification, and for those providing first aid on board a vessel engaged on a near-coastal voyage, class 2, or on a vessel on sheltered waters.


16 hours. Flexible scheduling options.


Transport Canada issued Candidate Document Number (CDN)

Completion Requirements:

100% attendance, skills demonstration, and 75% min. passing grade on written exam


3-year certification in Marine Basic First Aid & CPR Level C, equivalent to Standard First Aid & CPR Level C, and AED, and a Transport Canada certification in Marine Basic First Aid


Not permitted under federal regulations

Course Content

  • Assessment of needs of ill or injured persons and threats to own safety
  • Appreciation of body structure and functions
  •  Positioning of person
  • The unconscious person
  • Resuscitation techniques (including CPR C)
  • Control bleeding
  • Management of shock
  • Burns, scalds, and injuries caused by electricity
  • Rescue and transport of person
  • Other topics including improvising bandages, rescue in confined spaces, infectious diseases, and personal health and hygiene

Take-Home Materials

Red Cross First Aid & CPR Manual
Certification card and optional wall certificate
Transport Canada Training Certificate

Printable version – Marine Basic First Aid Course

Legislative Requirements
All First Aid Programs must adhere to federal, provincial, and territorial legislation, which is found at www.redcross.ca/firstaidlegislation . While the Canadian Red Cross has researched the legislative requirements, it is the responsibility of the Instructor to ensure that those requirements are met in the courses that they instruct.