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RYA First Aid

Our one-day RYA First Aid 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 working under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Codes of Practice for Small Vessels Operated Commercially;
  • the Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to World Sailing’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4);
  • the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981 for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work.

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

Students will get a RYA First Aid certificate which is valid for three years. This certificate is a pre requisite for many RYA qualifications.

1 DAY 09:00 TO 18:00



  • Extensive hand outs
  • Refreshments including sweets and biscuits
  • Use of training aids and manequins
  • Free bandages and dressings with which to practice on the day
  • RYA First Aid Handbook worth £15.49 


Poole, Dorset