RYA First Aid


Essential for all those involved with the sea this one day course covers all the usual first aid topics but from a boating perspective. Additional specific boating topics are also covered. When you are out on the water, you may find that you are the vital link to help someone until professional help can reach you. In a medical emergency, knowledge of first aid can save lives, especially in remote locations.

It fulfils the requirements for professional skippers of craft sailing less than 60 miles from a safe haven and offshore racers subject to ISAF’s regulations. The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.

Course content

  • The ability to act safely and effectively when an accident or emergency occurs;
  • The treatment and priorities of care for an unconscious patient;
  • The recognition and treatment of a person in seizure;
  • The recognition of cardiac arrest and delivery of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) including an overview of AEDs;
  • The ability to recognise and safely treat a patient who is choking;
  • The ability to safely and promptly treat a patient who is bleeding;
  • The keeping of simple records following an accident.

The subjects specific to boating include:

  • The recovery position in a confined space;
  • Drowning;
  • Cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure;
  • Seasickness and dehydration;
  • Medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • Helicopter rescue
  • Category C Medical Stores

Pre-course requirements:

  • None, but must be 18 years for the Category C Medical Stores endorsement.

Costs & Dates

Per Person
Price £70


Duration: 1 day

From: 09:00 to 17:00

For 2019 this course runs on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 23rd January
  • Wednesday 13th February
  • Sunday 24th February
  • Wednesday 06th March
  • Sunday 31st March
  • Wednesday 17th April
  • Sunday 05th May
  • Wednesday 15th May
  • Sunday 26th May
  • Wednesday 12th June
  • Sunday 30th June
  • Sunday 21st July
  • Friday 02nd August
  • Wednesday 14th August
  • Sunday 25th August
  • Wednesday 18th September
  • Sunday 29th September
  • Sunday 13th October
  • Wednesday 23rd October
  • Wednesday 13th November
  • Sunday 24th November
  • Wednesday 04th December