RYA First Aid Course

An essential one day course covering all requirements for First Aid training but from a boating perspective.



1 Day 09.30 till 17.30

Ratio: Max 8 persons

Includes First Aid Handbook and Certificate

This essential one day First Aid course is for anyone that gets afloat

As the skipper of a vessel you have a responsibility to be able to care for your crew. The one day RYA First Aid course is run by experienced RYA instructors with a good appreciation of medical care afloat and develops the confidence and ability to perform basic first aid when on the water – an essential course for everyone.

The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The certificate fulfils the requirements of the MCA Code of Practice for the skippers of small commercial vessels up to category 2 and for all RYA practical instructors.

The course is a mixture of theoretical and practical, covering all the usual first aid subjects but from a boating perspective.

You will cover:

  • Bone breaks and splinting
  • Bleeding and bandaging
  • Burns
  • Hypothermia
  • Drowning
  • Resuscitation
  • Category C First Aid Kits
  • Using a defibrillator

And much more.

What’s the minimum age?

The guide minimum age is 12 years old.  We have based this on the physical aspects of administering CPR.  12-16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

How long is the licence valid?

Your licence will be registered with the RYA and is valid for 3 years.

How many will be on the course?

We like to limit our courses to a maximum of 8 to ensure we have plenty of time to cover everything and to allow you lots of hands on time for the practical elements of the course.

Do I need any prior experience?

No prior experience is needed at all.

  • Passport Photo for the certificate
  • Lunch money or packed lunch, there are plenty of local places to get a bite
  • Notepad and pen

If you or any member of your party are displaying any symptons of coronavirus then please do not turn up for your course.

Give us a call to rearrange.

If you develop symptoms after your course then do please let us know.

Your safety first…..your enjoyment a very close second !

Although this is aimed at personnel going afloat – this will equally suit anyone wanting to get First Aid qualified.

We can offer group training – please get in touch.


Can’t find the dates you want, please send us a message and we will see what we can do


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