Clinical Resources

Cruise Ship Industry  (P&O Australia, P&O, Cunard)


Travel,  Visa, Passport & Police Clearance Information

Pre-employment Medical Examination

Open Days


AHA (American Heart Association) Courses:  (ACLS, PALS, NALS, ACLS-EP)

Cape Town: (Cardiocare) or (MD Inc.)

Johannesburg: (Academy of Advanced Life Support)

Durban: (Emergency Care Education) or (Academy of Accident & Emergency Medicine)

Pretoria:  Claassen & Claassen Training

ECI (Emergency Care Institute)

The ECI offers a multitude of highly recommended courses relevant to keep you current in the practice of Evidence-based Emergency Medicine in South Africa.  Courses are usually presented in Cape Town and include: 

ECG course

APLS (Advanced Paediatric Life Support – The UK Resuscitation council’s course

Fundamentals of Emergency Care Course

Advanced airway & Ventilation course

BASIC (Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care) Course

Disaster Medicine Course

Emergency Procedures (such as Nerve Blocks)

Procedural Sedation

EMSB (Emergency Management of Severe Burns)

Trauma Society of South Africa (ATLS)


IMPORTANT:  The only compulsory certificate for all medical staff is a valid ACLS certificate

Clinical Online Resources

Amal Mattu’s Emergency ECG Video of the week

Life in the Fast Lane

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine

Cape Town EM – YouTube link to video demonstrations of practical procedures

Radiology Assistant – Free online radiological educational tool

Our clinical resources are “hand-selected” websites that we consider excellent sources of reference for various topics.  These popular sites are frequently used and referenced by most doctors practicing emergency medicine in South Africa.  We will continuously add pages that we know will be useful resources to ships doctors.  All new resources on our useful links page will always be posted on our Facebook page – Atlantic Medics.

Online Publications & Journals

South African Family Practice – Official Journal of the South African Academy of Family Physicians

African Journal of Emergency Medicine (AfJEM) – the official journal of the African Federatoin for Emergency Medicine.

Online Guidelines

American Academy of Family Physicians – All recommended clinical guidelines

Cruise Ship Industry


RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines)

P&O Cruises – Homepage

P&O Australia – Homepage

Cunard – Homepage

Princess Cruises

Holland America

Carnival Cruise Lines


Seascanner  Useful site for current and future ship position information for all ships, all fleets


EMSSA (Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa)

HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa)

ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians – Cruise ship section)

BACSM (British Association of Cruise Ship Medicine)

ISO (International Organization for Standardization)

CHKS (Helping to improve quality and outcomes)

Travel, Visa, Passport & Police Clearance Info

TripAdvisor … where to go in the world

Travelstart Blog VISA information

USA C1D Visa Application

USA C1D Visa Appointment

Use the same reference number to make the appointment as you get when making your application.  In other words, you do not need to complete your application before you get issued a number to submit:  This can save time when making a date for an application. Most of the information about the type of visa you are applying for is actually on this site once you create an account and start selecting options.

Schengen states:  The application process differs for each country.

South Africa (Information on Passport application)

You will need a current passport to work at sea.  Please apply for a passport if you do not have one, and please renew your passport if it has expired, or if it will expire less than 6 months after the end of your first contract.

Police Clearance Certificate

To apply for a police clearance certificate, please visit the above link.  You can apply for this in advance of your shipboard application.  It is inexpensive, and easy – you will need to pay in advance (account details on the link), take a self-addressed envelope (A4 size) and your ID document when you apply.

Pre-employment Medical Examination

A pre-employment medical examination is performed only once you have received an offer of employment.  Your employment will be subject to you passing this exam.  You will be responsible for the cost of the exam.  These are the only approved seafarer medical examiners in South Africa:

Visit the International Labout Organization (ILO) website for a link to the latest version of “Guidelines on the medical examination of seafarers”.  These guidelines assist medical practitioners, shipowners, seafarers’ representatives, seafarers and other relevant persons with the conduct of medical fitness examinations of serving seafarers and seafarer candidates.