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RYA First Aid

RYA First Aid Instructor

Upcoming RYA First Aid Instructor Courses

Price - £RYA
Spaces available - 6
Price - £RYA
Spaces available - 6

The aim of the First Aid Instructor course is to equip you to instruct the RYA First Aid course. The subject knowledge, interpersonal skills and teaching ability that you bring to the classroom session will be assessed and honed with the RYA First Aid course in mind. Your understanding of the syllabus, the structure of a First Aid course and the level at which the course should be taught will be developed during the course.

Courses are only bookable via the RYA website through their training calendar here.

Should you experience any problems with your search or with booking online please email instructor.courses@rya.org.uk

You will need to have completed the Teaching In the Classroom course prior to booking this course.


  • You must hold a First Aid at Work, meeting the requirements of the UK Health and Safety Regulations and issued by a UK Awarding Organisation or voluntary accreditation scheme (including voluntary aid organisations and trade bodies), or;
    STCW Medical First Aid at Sea issued/updated in the last 5 years, or;
    A licence to practice in the UK as a Doctor, Nurse, Paramedic or physician associate.
    If you are outside the UK and cannot access the certificates listed above, other equivalent qualifications may be considered on a case by case basis.
  • RYA Marine Radio SRC certificate or higher GMDSS radio certificate
  • Evidence of competence in recreational boating demonstrated by RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or an RYA Instructor certificate in a practical discipline.
  • Recommended: RYA Sea Survival or STCW Personal Survival Techniques course completion certificate, and certificated training in the use of an AED
  • Recommend RYA First Aid Certificate, or have observed a course being delivered in the last 5 years
  • Teaching in the Classroom

Assumed knowledge

  • An appreciation of the restrictions to first aid in the marine environment
  • Recent, relevant boating experience
  • Awareness of current first aid practices shown in the latest edition of the RYA First Aid book.

Minimum duration 1 day
Minimum age 18  
Course content

Exemption for medical professionals: Doctors and nurses with recent appropriate acute experience, and paramedics are exempt from the need for a first aid qualification, but attending an RYA First Aid course before coming on the Instructor’s course is highly recommended. Once retired and no longer practising, a First Aid at Work or STCW Medical First Aid at Sea Certificate will be required after three years.

You will be required to undertake pre-course knowledge checks and exercises, details of which will be provided prior to the course.

Course dates and online booking system

Assessment This course is not assessed but delegates will be given constructive feedback about their teaching ability. The delegate report from this course will be made available to the Trainer running the  subject-specific Shorebased Instructor training course.
Ability after the course To be able to teach the RYA First Aid course.
Validity Five years, after which a revalidation course will be required. A valid First Aid certificate of the type listed above must be maintained.
Revalidation All First Aid Instructors are required to revalidate every five years and will be contacted as the fifth anniversary of their qualification approaches.

How to revalidate

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