RYA First aid course

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This 8-hour RYA first aid course covers basic life saving first aid skills and knowledge, with special considerations given to performing first aid in marine environments. It is ideal for anyone who is going afloat, or in positions of responsibility, whether ashore, on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on longer sailing passages. Topics include resuscitation, the recovery position and treatment of most common injuries such as bleeding, breaks and burns.

Included with the course is a printed copy of the RYA First Aid manual.


The syllabus is accredited by the RYA, approved by the MCA and HSE and satisfies the minimum requirements for:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work (HSE: EFAW)
  • RYA Instructors
  • RYA Yachtmaster™ candidates
  • Offshore racers subject to ISAF regulations (OSR 4.08.4)
  • British Canoeing / UKCC Level 1 and 2 coaches
  • British Rowing Club Coach and Senior Club Coaches
  • Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven (MCA-approved)
  • BML Tier 1 Level 2 (MCA-approved)

Course content

  • The recovery position
  • CPR, including drowning protocol
  • Cold water shock and hypothermia
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Medical assistance/advice by VHF radio
  • Basic First Aid interventions for a range of scenarios
  • Category C ships medical stores (optional, if required)

What to bring

  • Note-pad and pen
  • Comfortable clothes that you are happy moving around in

Refreshments (teas, coffees, biscuits) will be provided free of charge. There are a number of shops and cafés within easy walking distance to get lunch nearby, or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch. 

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