RYA First Aid

This one-day course covers all the familiar first aid subjects, with a focus on the boating environment. Whether this is your first introduction to first aid or you are looking to refresh your knowledge and skills, this course is designed to provide a good working knowledge of first aid for anyone going afloat, small craft users and to support skippers.

Course topics specific to boating include:-

  • the recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR, including the drowning protocol
  • cold shock and hypothermia fromimmersion and/or exposure
  • seasickness and dehydration
  • medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • helicopter rescue

The RYA First Aid course satisfies the requirements for:

  • professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters;
  • the Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4);
  • Advanced Powerboat certificates of competence.

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.

24th Feb 2024

08th March 2024

09th March 2024: cancelled (now 08th March)

1 day


Included in your course fee:

There are no additional course costs.

Please note this course is non-residential. If you would like to arrange accommodation nearby, please see our information page for some suggestions.

Ability after course

To achieve a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to be able to support skippers of yachts and motor boats.

First aid CPR

Minimum entry standard:  no prior knowledge required.