RYA First Aid Course

Course Description

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Our RYA First aid course is open to all who have an interest in safety aboard. The course will provide a working knowledge and aid ability to take the appropriate action in medical emergency situations, especially in remote locations. The course also fulfill the requirements for skippers of small craft operating within 60 miles of a safe haven. The course is MCA and HSE approved. On course completion attendees will be given the related RYA First Aid certificate. The certificate may also be used as a prerequisite for those wishing to take RYA Yachtmaster certificates of competence. The course is recommended by the MCA 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
See Documentation below for the detailed syllabus, and for a sheet of First Aid Tips.

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RYA First aid Course Syllabus (Revised 2011)


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First Aid Tips

British Red Cross

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