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RYA First Aid Course

  • Next Course - Sunday 24th March 2024

    Duration: 1 Day

    Previous Experience: None

    Course Information

    The RYA First Aid Course is designed to teach you what to do in many of the situations where people have accidents whilst on a small craft from how to resuscitate someone to how to treat minor cuts.

    This course is useful for anyone who goes out on the water and an RYA requirement for those taking Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore exams. At the end of the course you will qualify for the RYA First Aid Certificate which is valid for 3 years from time of issue.

    The key aims of the RYA First Aid Course are to ensure that the student is able to:

    • Perform CPR and know how this differs on a drowned person
    • Demonstrate how to turn a casualty into the recovery position and understand the importance of maintaining the airway
    • Understand the effect of cold shock and how to treat hypothermia from immersion and exposure
    • Recognise the signs and implications of reduced responsiveness in a person with a head injury
    • Apply direct pressure to a wound and control bleeding.
    • Recognise and treat seasickness and dehydration
    • Obtain medical advice and assistance using the VHF radio
    • Know how to prepare for helicopter evacuation

    The course is run from 9.00am to approximately 5.30pm. Tea, coffee and all equipment to complete the course will be provided. You just need to bring a notepad. You can get lunch from the Village which is a short walk away or alternatively bring a packed lunch with you

    The RYA First Aid Course is recommended by the MCA and HSE

  • The full RYA First Aid Course Syllabus is as follows:

    Demonstrate artificial ventilation & chest compression (CPR)
    Demonstrate how to turn a casualty into the recovery position
    Detail the treatment for shock
    Apply direct pressure to a wound and control bleeding. 
    Demonstrate how to bandage a wound
    Outline treatment for seasickness
    Outline the prevention, recognition and treatment of hypothermia
    Outline the necessary precautions when treating a cold water immersion casualty 
    Outline the prevention, recognition and treatment of concussion
    Outline the prevention, recognition and treatment of compression
    Outline the treatment for asthma attacks, burns, diabetic emergencies,epilepsy and heart attacks
    List the precautions needed when handling a spinal injury
    Demonstrate how to immobilise a fracture
    List actions needed to prepare for helicopter evacuation

  • RYA First Aid Course - FAQ’s

    These are a few of the questions we get asked by people booking on the RYA First Aid Course. If you have any further queries or are unsure whether this is the course for you please call us on 01243 432485 and we will be only too happy to chat to you.

    What time does the RYA First Aid Course start and finish?

    Typically we start at 9.00am and finish at about 5.30pm with an hour break for lunch

    What is included in the course fee?

    The price includes a copy of the St Johns Ambulance / British Red Cross First Aid Manual and Certificate.

    What do I need to bring?

    You just need to bring a notepad with you.

    Where is the course held?

    It will be held at one of our classroom in Emsworth Yacht Harbour, Thorney Road, Emsworth, Hants PO10 8BP

    What experience do I need to complete the RYA First Aid Course?

    You do not need to have any prior first aid experience or knowledge prior to attending this course.

    Are there any exams?

    No, this is an attendance course so you can just relax and enjoy it without the pressure of being tested at the end.

    What qualification will I get once I have completed the course?

    On successful completion of the course you will be issued with the RYA First Aid Certificate.

    How long is the certificate valid for?

    It is valid for 3 years.

    Who is a typical RYA First Aid Student?

    It is difficult to say what a typical student looks like but we often find that people who do the First aid Course are:

    •  People who wish to be able to deal with a medical emergency on board a boat.
    •  People who are going to do their practical Yachtmaster Coastal, Yachtmaster Offshore or Advanced Powerboat qualifications where it is mandatory to have an up to date certificate.

    How do I book?

    Just click on the book now button

  • Malcolm and Rosemary are very good indeed.
    Mike Harrison
    I thoroughly enjoyed the RYA First Aid Course yesterday and found it very helpful and instructive
    Adrian Smith
    Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the First Aid course last Friday. It was nice to have a course based on the requirements not on the tutors gory experiences. A very well run course. Many thanks
    Brian Skeet
    Today's First Aid course was excellent one of the best I have had in all the years that I have had to do such courses. Sue is a very good instructor and covered the course in a very effective and pragmatic manner.
    Mike Machin
    Good presentation, talk and powerpoint split up nicely with practical work. Interst kept up throughout the day. Very happy with the course.
    Alan Hall
to discuss your requirements you can contact us seven days a week from 8.00a.m to 7.30pm on 01243 432485 or 07702 842190