RYA First Aid Course
Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at
anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.
In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in
remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people
using small craft and to support skippers.
It fulfils the requirements for:
first aid training for vessels working up to area Category 2 under the Maritime and Coastguard
Agency Codes of Practice for Small Vessels Operated Commercially;
• first aid training needed by offshore racers subject to World Sailing’s Offshore Special
Regulation OSR 6.05.2;
• the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981 for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work.
The subjects specific to boating include:
• the recovery position in a confined space
• CPR, including the drowning protocol
• cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
• seasickness and dehydration
• medical assistance or advice by VHF
• helicopter rescue