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RYA First Aid Course

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


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

We also give each student a free copy of the First Aid Manual worth 13.99 to refresh your memory in the future. 

The subjects specific to boating include:


  • the recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR, including the drowning protocol
  • cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • seasickness and dehydration
  • medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • helicopter rescue
RYA First Aid courses in Surrey

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE and meets 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)
Course options:

We appreciate that finding time for courses can be difficult therefore we offer two course options to suit your needs:

  • 2 evenings - 6.00pm to 10.00pm
  • 1 full day -  1 Saturday or Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm 
Next course dates:
2 evening course: 15 & 16 March 2017