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A comprehensive first aid and CPR skills training course for those in the marine/fishing industry.

Marine Advanced First Aid and BLS

Marine Advanced First Aid and BLS

A comprehensive first aid and CPR skills training course for those in the marine/fishing industry.

This comprehensive Canadian Red Cross Marine Advanced First Aid course teaches first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need a higher level of training in the marine/fishing industry. This course trains participants how to react and improvise in a marine setting and is specifically designed for any person who wants to obtain a Master's or Officer's certificate or endorsement, or those providing first-aid on board a vessel engaged on a coastal voyage, class 1, or unlimited voyage. Participants spend the majoriey of the course doing hands-on first aid and participating in first-aid scenarios.


This course meets the requirements of Transport Canada outlined in Transport Publication (TP) 13008.


There are no prerequisites for this course, however previous first aid courses and anatomy knowledge will help with your success, as will reading and studying at home outside of course hours. Participants must successfully demonstrate skills, practical scenarios, attend and participate in 100% of the course, and achieve a minimum of 75% on the written, closed book knowledge evaluation.

Full Course Length 40 hours View Locations

Course Details

Topics Covered

Marine Advanced First Aid includes:

  • The Professional Responder
  • Responding to the Call
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Assessment
  • Airway Management and Respiratory Emergencies
  • Shock
  • Hemorrhage and Soft Tissue Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Chest, Abdominal, and Pelvic Injuries
  • Head and Spinal Injuries
  • Acute and Chronic Illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Environmental Illnesses
  • Pregnancy, Labour, and Delivery
  • Special Populations
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Reaching, Lifting, and Extricating Patients
  • Multiple-Casualty Incidents
  • Pharmacology
  • Marine Environment
  • Workplace


How long is Marine advanced first aid good for?

Marine Advanced First Aid is valid for 3 years from the date of certification.

What is covered in advanced first aid?

There are several different types of more advanced first aid courses aimed at teaching people first aid beyond a regular ‘layrescuer’ skills. What is covered will depend on the specific course, but for advanced courses such as OFA Level 2, OFA Level 3, First Responder and Marine Advanced First Aid courses you will learn more detailed primary assessments and treatments, more detailed tracking of a person’s condition over time. You may also learn about patient and packaging and transportation. Another important part of more advanced courses will be much more time to practice and become proficient in your basic skills, and much more rigorous practical testing in order to successfully pass the course and become certified.


Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! You will receive a temporary certificate at the end of your course, and a permanent virtual certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed the course. You will receive both a Red Cross certification in Marine Advanced First Aid and a Transport Canada certification. You will be able to view your manual and certification online at any time through your MyRedCross account. Certification is valid for 3 years.

Training Schedules & Locations
VictoriaVictoria (A-920 Johnson Street)


Emergency First Aid & CPR Manual

The Marine Advanced First Aid course includes the following materials:

  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Reference Text (virtual)
  • Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders Workbook (virtual)

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Who should take this course?

  • Those seeking a Master's or Officer's certificate or endorsement
  • those providing first-aid on board a vessel engaged on a coastal voyage/class 1/unlimited voyage

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
Marine Advanced First Aid and BLS course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

Best instructor I've had. Makes you feel really comfortable in the room, especially during scenarios. Light humor which makes it fun.

Alannah Ash CPR, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"Jason did a great job teaching. I plan on recommending him to our manager for out next group recertification."

Deanna Elliot Standard First-Aid Recertification, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Loved it! Hands on learning was very effective…less ‘teachy’/’textbook’ learning was better for actually retaining skills/info. 

Trysta Beauchesue Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"The course was as good as I expected and provided a solid challenge. There was a good student to teacher ratio. The progression of skills was presented well. Jaimie is a great instructor - positive and honest with feedback."

Anonymous First-Aid Instructor Transfer Course, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Very enjoyable. I like to hear about the changes over time that makes first aid more useful for more people. The instructor was creative and energetic, and able to adapt to the various levels of all participants.

John Morrison Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Nathan was awesome. I had very little sleep as I have PTSD and have a difficult time learning, especially on 3 hours sleep. But he made it make sense, completely memorable and easy for me.

Erin Gray Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

1-800-567-8911!! Jason was a great instructor. We learned a tonne and I would highly recommend this course! Thank you so much! We'll be taking more classes in the future like the toddler one!

Sydney Martin Infant First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

It was a lot more fun & interactive than I assumed. It was a good weekend.

Jessica Vos Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"The  class was informational and fun. Fast paced, but covered a lot of topics. Jason was  a kind instructor with good humour. Thanks guys!"

Steve Emergency First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Fantastic job teaching the material! Very engaging and enthusiastic! Best instructor ever!

Jordan Fleurissaint Standard First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials
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