Flight Paramedic Training In South Africa

This course is designed for paramedics, nursing sisters and doctors who transport (or wish to transport) patients in the air. Air medical transport is an essential component of a well-developed Emergency medical Services (EMS) system.

Air medical transport requires well trained medical personnel, proper transportation and patient care equipment, as well as an efficient means of communicating with and dispatching transportation.

Where To Obtain Training

1 AMS Training

AMS Training Courses Offered

Advanced Airway and Ventilation Course: The Advanced Airway and Ventilation Course is a theory and practical based course run by anaesthetists and emergency medicine doctors. This course is aimed at doctors, paramedics and nurses who care for and transport the critically ill and injured focusing on current best practise. The course comprises of two days of theory, and the third day is a full day interactive practical session. Cost: R3000 (manual included in price) 

Aviation for Healthcare Providers: Aviation for Healthcare Providers is a five day course consisting of theory and practical elements. The concept behind the course is to introduce health care practitioners to the aviation environment and associated challenges. Cost: R2500 (manual included in price)

2 Aviation Healthcare Provider Course at Wits University

Aviation Healthcare Provider Course at Wits University

The course covers generally

  • Safety considerations.
  • Patient assessment and packaging.
  • The physiology of transport in the air medical environment.
  • Assessment and care of patients with a wide range of diseases and traumatic injuries.

The course content is divided into two categories

  1. Medical component
  2. Aviation Physiology

We take 16 students on the course. Price is R 2500-00.

Please contact:

Serah van Vuuren for bookings or Sue Nielsen (Course Coordinator)
Postnet Suite 235
Private Bag X2600
Tel: 27-11-488-3373
Fax: 27-11-488-4322
Email: trauma@mweb.co.za
Website: www.wits.ac.za/trauma

Passing of an aviation medical examination is a pre-requisite for entry.

3 Emergency Medicine Cape Town

This course provides a practical approach to patient care in the aeromedical environment.
The course is concerned primarily with the transport of patients via a properly managed aeromedical system. It provides students with an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to ensure successful and safe patient management in the aeromedical environment.

please note – the course includes full HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) training provided by CPUT Survival Centre and you will be issued with a certificate of completion by CPUT for this. However if you want a formal, internationally recognized HUET certificate for the training, this will cost you an additional R2200.

4 Netcare Aeromedical operations Training

Netcare Aeromedical operations Training

Netcare Education: Faculty of Emergency and Critical Care (FECC): Basic Ambulance Assistant Course, Ambulance Emergency Assistant, Critical Care Assistant

5 UCT Aeromedical Evacuation and Transport

UCT Aeromedical Evacuation and Transport

The course is concerned primarily with the transport of patients via a properly managed aeromedical system. It provides students with an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to ensure successful and safe patient management in the aeromedical environment.

South Africa has an exciting and ever-developing Aeromedical system. Students completing this course will be well placed to provide quality patient care in this challenging environment.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at medical doctors, paramedics and nursing staff who will be part of an aeromedical evacuation team and should be at least ALS qualified. 

Entry requirements: Medical officers (working in emergency centres); paramedics (BTech or ALS); nursing sisters (working in emergency centres)

If you do not meet the criteria mentioned, you are still eligible to apply. Each application will be considered individually based on experience.

Course Content:

  • Introduction to Aeromedical Services
  • Physiology of flight
  • Practical considerations in commonly transfer (pregnancy, neonates, congenital heart disease, airway management)
  • Crew Resource Management Principles

Certificate of Completion and CPD points will be issued to participants on successful completion of the course.

For more information or to register email ce.administration@uct.ac.za.

Venue: SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS), Beechcraft Road, Cape Town International Airport
​Time: 08h30 to 15h30

Course fee is
UCT Registrars: R 2 500 per person
Africa: R 5 500 per person 
International students: R 8 000 per person