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RYA First Aid Course


This one-day RYA First Aid course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective.


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About This Course

RYA First Aid Course

Course Content:

The one-day RYA First Aid course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who takes to the water whether sail or motor, on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel sailing trips.

The RYA First Aid course is MCA approved and includes the 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 and helicopter rescue.


Pre Requisites for First Aid:

  • No minimum age although we don’t take unaccompanied under 18s
  • No previous experience necessary,
  • This course is suitable for anyone and is applicable to on and off the water emergencies.

Who should take this course:

  • Skippers and crews of sailing yachts, motor boats and ribs
  • Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven
  • Offshore racers subject to ISAF’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4)
  • The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE

What is included:

  • Services of experienced RYA Instructor
  • RYA First Aid Certificate (valid for 3 years)
  • First Aid Manual
  • Light refreshments throughout the day
  • Modern marina facilities at base within easy walking distance of public transport

What is not Included:

  • Accommodation on board may be available (£20 per night)
  • Lunch
  • Secure parking at Gosport Marina

What to expect:

  • Small classes of up to to 6 students
  • Classroom learning with hands on practical exercises
  • On board scenarios

RYA First Aid - this course could turn you into a lifesaver!

RYA First Aid Course

The RYA First Aid Course is essential learning for all who sail. Yacht, Motor Boat and Rib skippers should encourage their crews to attend – you never know who may be in need of emergency First Aid! After completing this one day course, you will be issued with the RYA Small Craft First Aid Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 years and is a prerequisite for those taking the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Examinations.

CPR - How you can save a life!

These First Aid students are attending to a 'crew member' who is has suffered an injury on board a yacht. They are following instructions relayed by a defibrillator. Many public places, marinas and restaurants have a defibrillator on the premises, make sure you know where to find one and how to use it. As you can hear on this clip, all the instructions are spoken to help you in an emergency.

Duration1 dayMaximum students : instructorYou will be taught in a class with a maximum of 6 students
LocationSolent Minimum ageNone. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
What’s includedTea, coffee and biscuitsExtrasLunch can be purchased locally or you can bring your ownRYA
WhenAll Year 0900hrs – 17.00hrsAccommodationNon residential although we may be able to provide accommodation on one of our yachts for £20.00 per night.
Let us know aboutAny special requirements and needsCost£120.00 including latest First Aid manual

The RYA First Aid Syllabus includes subjects specific to yachting / boating:

  • Demonstrate artificial ventilation & chest compression (CPR) including drowning protocol
  • Demonstrate how to turn a casualty into the recovery position in a confined space
  • Detail the treatment for shock including cold shock
  • Apply direct pressure to a wound and control bleeding.
  • Demonstrate how to bandage a wound
  • Outline treatment for seasickness and dehydration
  • Outline the prevention, recognition and treatment of hypothermia
  • Outline the necessary precautions when treating a cold water immersion casualty
  • Outline the prevention, recognition and treatment of concussion
  • Outline the prevention, recognition and treatment of compression
  • Outline the treatment for asthma attacks, burns, diabetic emergencies,epilepsy and heart attacks
  • List the precautions needed when handling a spinal injury
  • Demonstrate how to immobilise a fracture
  • List actions needed to prepare for helicopter evacuation
  • medical assistance or advice by VHF

FEEDBACK – First Aid Course Student Reviews

I was very impressed with your whole setup. Marina location, office barge, staff, instructors and how comprehensive the course was (yactmaster prep and first aid). Overall I had a fantastic week.

Per – Yachtmaster Offshore + First Aid Course, June 2019

Course content well explained in an easy manner with good aids and practical sessions.

John – First Aid Course

Have really enjoyed the course today looking forward to doing the next one.

Helen – First Aid Course