RYA First Aid Training Course

Our one-day classroom based 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.

The course

The course 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

Additional Information

Unless booking a private course, a minimum of two students is required, we will endeavour to fill empty places but if you are the only candidate booked it may be necessary to change your booking or cancel.

Prices & Information

RYA First Aid Price
Mixed group £130 per person
Private course 1-3 students £435 total price
Private course 4-6 students £110 per person

Duration: 1 day

Minimum age: n/a but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

In-house training available on request, maximum ratio 12 students per instrutor.


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