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Our one-day RYA First Aid course covers all the usual first aid subjects but from a boating perspective. It’s aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries, or cross-channel passages.

The course is specifically designed with the marine environment in mind, teaching you what to do in situations where people have accidents. It covers resuscitation, CPR, drowning, cold shock, hypothermia, head injuries, bleeding, how to recognise and treat seasickness and dehydration through burns, cuts, and bruises. Additionally, the course covers calling for help and how to prepare for a helicopter evacuation. A little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives in a medical emergency, especially in remote locations.

The course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft, skippers and crew members.

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 World Sailing’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

RYA First Aid Course Syllabus

  1. Demonstrate artificial ventilation & chest compression (CPR)
  2. Demonstrate how to turn a casualty into the recovery position
  3. Detail the treatment for shock
  4. Apply direct pressure to a wound and control bleeding
  5. Outline the treatment for asthma attacks, burns, diabetic emergencies, epilepsy and heart attacks
  6. List the precautions needed when handling a spinal injury
  7. Demonstrate how to immobilise a fracture
  8. List actions needed to prepare for helicopter evacuation


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  1. We come to you 1

    Marcus is brilliant and the course will presented and executed

  2. We come to you 2

    The course was highly enjoyable and I would highly recommend to anybody looking to embark on a sailing journey. Marcus was an excellent course leader and made even the more taxing aspects accessible. Well worth it !

  3. We come to you 3

    Great way to get your theory qualification and would recommend highly over an online course. Marcus knows his stuff and had no problem in clearly explaining the Intricacies of navigation. Thank you

  4. We come to you 1

    Useful material. Relaxed assessment. Well organised.

  5. We come to you 5

    An amazing week – Marcus is very clear and also very patient, I didn’t feel under any pressure at all. I was quite nervous coming into the week but felt at ease straight away. Marcus explains everything thoroughly and demonstrates all the things you have to do and then helps you do them. The atmosphere on the boat was fun and relaxed the whole time. I’d do it all again for sure!