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RYA First Aid Course

RYA First Aid Training

Would you like to learn basic first aid skills that could keep your loved ones or friends alive when afloat or ashore?

With our one-day RYA first aid courses, which focuses on first aid information, skills, and procedures from a boating viewpoint, you can ensure your own and your crews safety while out on the water. It is intended for use by anybody who travels by water, whether on inland waterways, rivers, or estuaries, or on cross channel journeys. The course meets the requirements RYA Commercial Endorsements, professional skippers of small craft, offshore racers, dingy instructors, Powerboat instructors, sailing instructors and Yachtmaster instructors.

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Course Duration - 1 Day

First Aid course specifically for yachtsmen, essential for any competent and responsible voyage.

Minimum Age - None

But we request attendees for the RYA Aid Course under the age of 13 are accompanied by an adult.

Requirements - None

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List Price £120.00 per person

Included FOC in the RYA First Aid Course Fee is the RYA First Aid Book, worth £8.00)

(We do not charge extra for VAT)

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From £89 per person

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The topics that are typically covered in the RYA first aid course are approached from a nautical point of view during our one-day session. It is intended for use by anybody who travels by water, whether on inland waterways, rivers, or estuaries, or on crossings of the English Channel. This course has been given the approval of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and it meets the criteria for Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster, and Advanced Powerboat certifications of competence, as well as some requirements for commercial work afloat on small craft up to 24m.

  • CPR. Adult – Child – Baby
  • Practice with a Defibrillator
  • Actions for drowning
  • The recovery position
  • Control bleeding – Bandaging, Tourniquets and Haemostatic dressings
  • Shock; recognise and treat it
  • Cold water shock and hypothermia
  • Reduced consciousness
  • General treatment for:- breathing difficulties, chest pain, seasickness, diabetic
    emergency, anaphylaxis, hyperthermia, fractures, seizures, burns, and heart conditions
  • Equipping a suitable First Aid Kit
  • How to get medical advice or assistance by VHF/SRC radio
  • How to prepare for the evacuation of a casualty by helicopter
  • Category C First Aid Kits and Equipment

RYA First aid and resuscitation techniques for yachtsmen, including a knowledge of the treatment for hypothermia.

Scheduled RYA first aid courses are held at Ocean Village Marina, Southampton SO14 3XB UK and in the Hamble, in the Solent area. This venue is approximately an hours commute from London and our course prices from £89 are more cost effective than attending your RYA First Aid Course in London. We are a short drive from Portsmouth and only 40 minutes from Poole.

Book your RYA First Aid Course with Duck-2-Water in confidence, just read our independent prior customer RYA First Aid 5 star reviews on both TripAdvisor and Google Reviews below.


When at sea you are no longer 9 minutes away from an ambulance or a professional paramedic

The courses allows you to learn what to do if an accident occurs on a small vessel or in the maritime environment, and how to stabilise the situation before calling for help from the SAR Services with this comprehensive training course. Anybody who spends any amount of time on the water will benefit greatly from taking this RYA First Aid course. A validated First Aid certification is also a pre-requisite for individuals taking Yachtmaster and Coastal and Yachtmaster offshore exams or wichishing to obtain their instructor qualifications of commercial endorsements.

The RYA First Aid Course is one-day and covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on motor cruisers, sailing yachts, powerboats, RIBs or canoes.

In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.

Appropriate RYA First Aid training must include face to face training and assessment of practical skills.

After passing, you’ll receive a RYA First Aid Certificate that’s valid for three years.

Additionally, RYA First Aid satisfies the prerequisites for qualified small craft skippers operating within 60 nautical miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters, as well as the requirements for the Senior First Aid certificate required of offshore racers subject to ISAF’s first aid training regulations (OSR 4.08.4).

The MCA and HSE both endorse the training.

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