RYA First Aid

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RYA First Aid

First AidThe RYA First Aid one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. The course is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.

This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations.

This course covers the situations that a yachtsman may encounter. There is particular emphasis on resuscitation techniques and the 'first response care' of a 'man overboard'. Your instructor will explain the procedures for obtaining outside medical assistance such as the use of 'pan pan' and the helicopter rescue service.

The particular difficulties of administering first aid within the confines of a small boat, away from land, will be highlighted and you will practise actions such as CPR and the recovery position in confined spaces.

This course is a must for all who sail, and skippers should encourage their crews to attend.

On successful completion of the course you will be issued with the RYA Small Craft First Aid Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 years from the time of issue. It is also a pre-requisite for those taking the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore Exam.

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.

It fulfils 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).

Price 120€ including vat.

Price includes:

  • 1 day tuition
  • Lunch and refreshment
  • Certificate on successful completion of the course

Not included:

  • Personal Insurance
  • Travel arrangements

Please contact us for dates and availability