RYA First Aid

For anyone who spends time on the water, the RYA First Aid Course is a great course. If a medical emergency arises, a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives. This is especially true in situations where it’s not easy to call an ambulance or get to a hospital.

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Our one-day RYA First Aid 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. This one-day course is specifically designed with boating and the marine environment in mind, teaching you what to do in situations where people have accidents including how to resuscitate someone, CPR, drowning, cold shock, hypothermia, head injuries, how to control bleeding and recognising and treating seasickness and dehydration through to burns, cuts and bruises.  Additionally, the course covers calling for help and knowing how to prepare for a helicopter evacuation. 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, skippers and crew members.

Course location:

The RYA First Aid course is run at our Godalming College, near Guildford, Surrey, starting at 09:30 and finishing at approximately 17:30. This course also includes the use of a CAT C medical kit, a requirement for commercial endorsement and ISAF offshore qualification. Also run from our classrooms at Godalming College are the Day Skipper & Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory courses. The course is aimed at: Anyone who spends time on the water would benefit from attending this course but it also fulfils specific requirements for:

  • Watersports instructors & Yacht Skippers;
  • Professional skippers (commercial endorsement) of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters;
  • The Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4), including CAT C Medial kit usage);
  • Covers use of Category C First Aid kit required for commercially endorsed skippers.

Furthermore, the course is highly recommended by the MCA and HSE. Even if you just sail for pleasure, this course would be hugely beneficial in the event of an incident at sea. 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
Our RYA shorebased classes are run from the fabulous facilities at Guildford County School. Learning in a group classroom environment is fun and offers a way to make new sailing friends as well as pick up tips’n’tricks from like-minded people.

It’s a relaxed environment and you’ll have plenty of time to ask the instructor questions.

There’s plenty of free parking on site.

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  • What time does it start?

    Evening classes

    Our evening classes are normally scheduled to start at 1800hrs. They run until 2200hrs as this enables us to deliver the pre-requisite hours and complete the course syllabus. If there are any changes to this you will be advised in the joining instructions (sent via email) for your specific course.

    Weekend days

    The weekend day-sessions are 8 hours and normally start at 0900hrs. Your instructor or course joining instructions will advise you if this is different however, no classroom based course starts before 0900hrs.

  • Is there anywhere to park my car?

    There is free parking onsite near the classrooms. Don’t forget, it’s only a 5 min walk from Guildford station too.

    Evening Classes

    If there isn’t available space in the onsite carpark (very rare), you can park in marked bays on the residential roads around the school, usually for free after 6pm.

    Weekend Classes

    There is usually no problem with free parking onsite for any weekend sessions. We will endeavour to warn ahead of time if the site is likely to be busy and therefore a problem for parking.

    Note: We do not take any responsibility for the security of your vehicle or possessions in your vehicle.

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