Guidance for Installing Public Access Defibrillators


Installing a public community defibrillator in a marine organization can be a life-saving initiative. This guidance outlines the steps for successful implementation, including fundraising, ongoing maintenance, types of AEDs and cabinets, training, and how Coast Medic can assist.


• Assess Budget Needs: Determine the total budget required for the AED, cabinet, and training. Consider ongoing maintenance costs.

• Create a Fundraising Team: Form a dedicated team within your marine organization to coordinate fundraising efforts.

• Community Engagement: Engage members, supporters, and local businesses to raise funds. Organize events, sponsorships, or donation drives.

• Grants and Donations: Explore grants and donations from local government, health organizations, and philanthropic sources.

Selecting the Right AED

• Consult with Coast Medic: Contact Coast Medic to discuss discounted equipment options suitable for marine environments.

• Water-Resistant AED: Choose an AED designed to withstand exposure to water and moisture.

• Ease of Use: Select an AED with clear instructions and user-friendly features for quick response in emergencies.

Cabinet Selection

• Weatherproof Cabinet: Choose a weatherproof, tamper-proof cabinet designed to protect the AED from harsh marine conditions.

• Visible Location: Install the cabinet in a highly visible, easily accessible location within your yacht club or rowing club.

Ongoing Maintenance

• Regular Inspections: Establish a maintenance schedule to inspect the AED, cabinet, and accessories regularly.

• Battery and Pad Expiry: Keep track of expiration dates for AED batteries and electrode pads, replacing them as needed.

• Training Refreshers: Offer periodic refresher training to ensure users are familiar with the AED and its operation.

• Emergency Contact: Maintain contact with Coast Medic or a local AED maintenance provider for servicing and updates.


• Training Coordinator: Appoint a designated person within your organization to coordinate AED training.

• Training Sessions: Arrange training sessions for club members, staff, and anyone likely to be in the vicinity of the AED.

• Training Materials: Use instructional materials provided by Coast Medic or an accredited training organization to ensure proper AED usage.

Coast Medic Support

• Discounted Equipment: Contact Coast Medic to explore their discounted AED equipment options suitable for marine settings.

• Fundraising Assistance: Utilize Coast Medic’s expertise to help with fundraising strategies and resources.

• Ongoing Maintenance: Collaborate with Coast Medic or similar organizations for maintenance, servicing, and updates.

• Training Programs: Leverage Coast Medic’s training programs and resources to ensure your club members are well-prepared.

Public Awareness

• Publicize AED Location: Prominently display signage indicating the AED’s location and accessibility.

• Emergency Response Plan: Educate members and staff about your club’s emergency response plan, including AED usage.

• Community Awareness: Raise awareness within the local community about the availability of the AED for public use.


Installing a public community defibrillator in your yacht club, rowing club, or marine organization is a proactive step toward enhancing safety in the marine environment. By following this guidance, collaborating with Coast Medic, and involving your community, you can create a safer and more prepared environment for emergencies on the water.