Do you have to get certified in First Aid and CPR every year in order to be legal? A young Coast Guard bos’n required the deck officers on my Dad’s boat (600 Ton Fishing Industry Vessel) to provide a current Red Cross Basic First Aid/CPR certificate when he overhauled the boat last week.
This Coast Guard crew was very thorough. They went from stem to stern and crow’s nest to bilge. The list of discrepancies was about as long as “War and Peace”.
Be ready and have your documentation in order. A twenty-five year old bos’n or ensign with a little authority, a 9MM Berretta and a crew of 19 year-olds with M-16s can make for an unpleasant encounter. They were fairly professional, but somewhat arrogant and not very respectful. A kid talking to a 75 year old 9th issue Master should show a modicum of respect until he’s given a reason not to.
It’s the first Coast Guard inspection I’ve heard of that was like this. I’ve been subject to many Coast Guard boardings, but none like this one.
Anyway, enough venting and back to the original question…do you need First Aid and CPR yearly?