RYA 1st Aid (First Aid) Course


We run this course in partnership with Plas Heli (RTC)

This one day first aid course covers all the usual first aid subjects with an addition of those subjects that relate to first aid at sea. It is aimed at anyone looking to gain Emergency First Aid knowledge plus those who goes afloat but also anyone looking to gain an Emergency First Aid At Work qualification.

In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in more remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for anyone including those that use small craft and to support skippers.

This is also the default first aid training required for those holding any RYA instructor qualifications or commercial endorsements. This course is designed for the specific demands of providing first aid afloat. It is also accepted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for use on board small commercial vessels and by World Sailing for compliance with the Offshore Special Regulations, and covers the requirements of the Health and Safety regulations for the purposes of emergency first aid at work training.

The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn about Emergency First Aid techniques whether ashore or afloat. The course has content suitable for those who go afloat on inland waters or up to 60 miles offshore plus anyone looking to gain Emergency First Aid at Work certificate. The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the HSE and the MCA.

It Also Fulfils Requirements For:

The MCA Code of Practice for Skippers of small commercial vessels up to category 2, including boatmasters.

The Senior first aid certificate for offshore racers subject to ISAF regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4)

RYA Practical Instructors:

RYA Powerboat Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor First Aid Course, RYA PWC (jetski) Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Cruising Instructor First Aid course, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Dinghy Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Senior Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Windsurf Instructor First Aid Course.

Pre-course experience:

Course content:

Practical Aspects

  • CPR
  • Wound Dressing
  • Bleeding Control
  • Head Injuries
  • Use of a training AED

The ‘Marine Bits’

  • CPR specific to drowning
  • Gaining Medical Assistance via VHF marine radio

Theory Aspects

  • Shock
  • Hypothermia and exposure
  • First Aid equipment
  • Treatment for: breathing difficulties, chest pain, sea sickness, diabetic emergency, anaphylaxis, hyperthermia, fractures, seizures and burns.

The ‘Marine Bits’

  1. Cold water shock
  2. Preparations for casualty evacuation by helicopter
  3. Skippers of MCA Coded vessels: Category C First Aid kits and use of a pocket mask

Ability after the course:
Apply 1st Aid on the water and land

Minimum duration:
1 day

Minimum age:

£199 per person