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First Aid Training


The RYA First Aid course forms a one-day (8 hour) introduction to First Aid, for those who spend time on and around the water, but also those who do not.

It satisfies the minimum syllabus requirements of the HSE Emergency First Aid at Work qualification, meaning that it may be relevant to employers as part of their risk assessments.

This course also includes information relevant to the marine environment. It contains a session on the contents and use of a Category C First Aid kit, relevant for skippers of small commercial vessels seeking MCA commercial endorsement. On successful completion of the course, candidates will gain their Category C certification.

This course is required by:

You’ll be taken through the steps to support or resuscitate an unconscious casualty, deal with breaks, burns and bleeds, treat airway issues and handle a range of medical conditions.

After three years your qualification will expire. Re-qualification requires you to take the course again.


Included: RYA First Aid Handbook, RYA First Aid Certificate, all required training aids.

Taught by: An RYA First Aid Instructor.

Maximum ratio: 12 students to 1 instructor.

Requirements to pass: 100% attendance and participation in all activities.


Syllabus and Content:

Assessment, immediate actions and the priorities within first aid.

Unconsciousness and the recovery position



Breathing difficulties

Failure of the circulation: shock

Blood loss and the control of bleeding

Recognition of internal bleeding

Angina and heart attack.

Levels of response and the AVPU scale.

Head injury: concussion and compression.

Immersion hypothermia and cold shock

Burns, including sunburn.

Exposure hypothermia/hyperthermia

Seasickness and dehydration

Diabetic emergency.

Seizures Fractures, including spinal injuries

First aid kits

Use of an AED (automated external defibrillator)

Advice or assistance by radio

Medevac: the evacuation of a casualty by helicopter.

For the skippers of MCA coded boats: The contents and use of the category C first aid kit, including the pocket mask.


Courses can be run on demand (minimum 6 people). Please contact us.



Currently in winter season

The season begins on 30th November -0001. Kayaking and sailing continues throughout the winter on Sundays. Winter clothing regulations apply.

First Aid Training activities schedule

July 2024

No scheduled activities found

A Royal Yachting Association (RYA) & British Canoeing (BC) approved training centre, regulated by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA).

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