In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This 1 day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers of yachts and motor vessels. It fulfils the requirements for skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven.

The RYA First Aid course is based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It includes all the usual first aid topics, relating them specifically to "on the water" scenarios and is valid for three years.

What’s included?

You will be coached over the RYA First aid syllabus by a trained RYA first aid instructor with a mix of both theory and hands-on practice in our waterside classroom. 

  • First Class tuition by a trained RYA First Aid Instructor 
  • First Aid Manual
  • Tea and coffee (courses at EASS only)
  • Parking
  • Certificate 

Maximum teaching ratio - 12:1 

Course language - English

One day classroom course

RYA First Aid Certificate - valid for 3 years.

Session 1

Assessment, immediate actions and the priorities within first aid; Unconsciousness and the recovery position; CPR; Drowning; Breathing difficulties.

Session 2

Failure of the circulation: shock; blood loss and the control of bleeding; recognition of internal bleeding; angina and heart attack.

Session 3

Levels of response and the AVPU scale; Head injury: concussion and compression; immersion, hypothermia and cold shock; burns, including sunburn; exposure hypothermia/hyperthermia; seasickness and dehydration; diabetic emergency; Seizures.

Session 4

Fractures, including spinal injuries; first aid kits; advice or assistance by radio; medivac: the evacuation of a casualty by helicopter.

Session 5

For the skippers of MCA coded boats; the contents and use of the category C first aid kit, including the pocket mask OR Subject of special interest to the group - weils disease, blue/green algae, child CPR, marine stings, fish hooks etc.

Course Availability

Course dates

Date Availability Price Book
16th January '22 Places Available £140.00 Book Now
13th February '22 Places Available £140.00 Book Now
13th March '22 Places Available £140.00 Book Now
10th April '22 Places Available £140.00 Book Now
15th May '22 Places Available £140.00 Book Now
27th May '22 Places Available £140.00 Book Now
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