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HealthFirst First Aid

First Aid course for the Swiss driver's licence

About the course

  • This is the fully certified First Aid course (also known as the Samaritan course, Premiers Secours or Samariter Nothelferkurs) required for the driving licence in Switzerland.
  • It is taught by native-English speaking medically qualified doctors, midwives and nurses.
  • The course is ten hours long (Friday evening and Saturday, with breaks) and attendance at all modules is required to receive your certificate. This is valid for six years and is handed out at the end of the course.
  • The First Aid certificate is valid throughout Switzerland, so for example, a course taken in Canton Geneva is valid in all other Swiss cantons.
  • We welcome participants from 14 years old.
  • Courses are held regularly in Zurich, Zug, Basel, Geneva and Vevey.


  • How to evaluate the scene of an accident, including how to keep yourself and others safe.
  • What to say when calling for emergency help in Switzerland, including essential French and German phrases.
  • There is training in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) with practice using life-sized manikins.
  • You will learn how to assess consciousness and how to use the ‘Recovery Position’.
  • Managing a casualty with a suspected spinal injury.
  • First Aid for an injured person at the roadside with severe bleeding and burns.
  • The symptoms and signs of a heart attack and a stroke and what to do.
  • An introduction to using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Certification:  The First Aid certificate is recognised by Das Bundesamt für Strassen (ASTRA)/Office fédéral des routes (OFROU). 

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Upcoming Public Courses

The 10 hr course runs on a Friday evening 6pm - 9pm and Saturday 9am - 5pm (both days must be booked and attended). The cost is 190 CHF per person.

Please find our upcoming course dates and below. Click to book!


What our clients say:

"The course was well managed, well presented and space wise, very comfortable. Everyone had their own area in which to work. The information received beforehand to download was well presented and very informative. The trainer was well organised, very experienced and explained everything extremely well."  

Glynis P

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