RYA First Aid

RYA First Aid

This RYA First Aid one-day 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.

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 and to support skippers.

It fulfils the requirements for:

Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmaster;

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.

Pre-course experience None
Assumed knowledge None
Minimum duration 1 day
Minimum age None
Course content

  • 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

NOTE: the certificate is valid for 3 years.

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