RYA First Aid Course

Emergency First Aid at Work (Health & Safety Regulations 1981) + content pertinent to the marine environment

In order to protect all our students and staff we will be reducing course numbers to a maximum of 5 during this uncertain period to allow for increased spacing between students from different households. We have alcohol based gel hand sanitiser for students use, disposable (recyclable) cups for drinks and vinyl gloves.  As per RYA recommendations CPR techniques will be demonstrated by the instructor and Students will practice full CPR without making face to face contact with manikins or giving breaths, but pausing and preparing the manikin at the appropriate times as if breaths were to be given.

This one day first aid course covers all the usual first aid subjects with an addition of those subjects that relate to first aid at sea. It is aimed at anyone looking to gain Emergency First Aid knowledge plus those who goes afloat but also anyone looking to gain an Emergency First Aid At Work qualification.

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


This is also the default first aid training required for those holding any RYA instructor qualifications or commercial endorsements. This course is designed for the specific demands of providing first aid afloat. It is also accepted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for use on board small commercial vessels and by World Sailing for compliance with the Offshore Special Regulations, and covers the requirements of the Health and Safety regulations for the purposes of emergency first aid at work training.


Duration: 1 day

Timings: 9:00am - 5pm (minimum 6 hours instructional time)

Minimum Age: 16

Maximum Students: 10

Certificate Valid For: 3 years

Who It's Designed For: The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn about Emergency First Aid techniques whether ashore or afloat. The course has content suitable for those who go afloat on inland waters or up to 60 miles offshore plus anyone looking to gain Emergency First Aid at Work certificate. The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the HSE and the MCA. 

It Also Fulfils Requirements For:

The MCA Code of Practice for Skippers of small commercial vessels up to category 2, including boatmasters. 

The Senior first aid certificate for offshore racers subject to ISAF regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4)

RYA Practical Instructors:

RYA Powerboat Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor First Aid Course, RYA PWC (jetski) Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Cruising Instructor First Aid course, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Dinghy Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Senior Instructor First Aid Course, RYA Windsurf Instructor First Aid Course. 


 Find out more about the RYA First Aid course by going to the RYA website.

Course Content

Practical Aspects

  • CPR 
  • Wound Dressing 
  • Bleeding Control
  • Head Injuries
  • Use of a training AED

The 'Marine Bits'

  • CPR specific to drowning
  • Gaining Medical Assistance via VHF marine radio

Theory Aspects

  • Shock
  • Hypothermia and exposure
  • First Aid equipment 
  • Treatment for: breathing difficulties, chest pain, sea sickness, diabetic emergency, anaphylaxis, hyperthermia, fractures, seizures and burns.

The 'Marine Bits'

  • Cold water shock
  • Preparations for casualty evacuation by helicopter
  • Skippers of MCA Coded vessels: Category C First Aid kits and use of a pocket mask

What's Provided

An experienced RYA First Aid Instructor 

RYA First Aid Manual (one p.p.)


All teaching equipment including CPR manikins, training AED etc

As much tea & coffee as you can drink :)

RYA First Aid Certificate (assuming successful completion)

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Course Location: Poole, Dorset

What's Included: RYA First Aid Manual, RYA first aid certificate on successful completion, use of all relevant equipment including 1st aid kits & CPR manikins, unlimited Tea and Coffee :)

Private RYA First aid course for Groups, families, Crews & Clubs

Course Location: U.K. wide (we come to you)

Course Fees Include: RYA First Aid Manual, RYA first aid certificate on successful completion, use of all relevant equipment including 1st aid kits & CPR manikins. 

Dates: To suit you!

The more students you put on the course, the more cost effective it is for you.

* Fees quoted are based on one of our instructors running training at your location/classroom/club.

RYA First Aid Course Southampton, RYA First Aid Course Portsmouth, RYA First Aid Course Weymouth, RYA First Aid Course Lymington, RYA First Aid Course Solent

Email us with your preferred course dates and/or to get a quote. 

Group Course Booking Information

RYA First Aid Course Poole Dorset

What You Need To Provide

Quite simply; a classroom or dry teaching area (this could be a conference room in a hotel, your local sailing club etc) with adequate space for the number of students on the course and some chairs (if you are unable to arrange this, we can, but it will hold an additional charge). If you have access to a whiteboard or power point projector please let us know. 


What We Provide

  • A qualified and experienced RYA First Aid instructor
  • CPR manikins
  • First aid kits for practice 
  • Scenario based training
  • Relevant course materials and teaching aids
  • First Aid handbooks - 1 for each student to keep
  • RYA First Aid certificates for successful candidates
  • Category C first aid kit & pocket mask (for Skippers of MCA coded vessels)
  • Powerpoint projector / TV with HDMI connection (if required)

** Group course fee breakdown worked on maximum numbers & based on us coming to your location within a 50 mile radius from Poole, Dorset (outside of this area will incur a standard government mileage rate charge).  

Recommended Reading

FAO: MCA Skippers - Category C Medical Stores
TRA Category C First Aid Kit.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 43.2 KB
Information About The RYA First Aid Course
RYA First Aid.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.3 MB

Examples of some of our Feedback:

- "Good variety, very relevant to sailing, good to have practical scenario exercises" - David W. - Netley Sailing Club

- "The interactive scenarios were particularly enjoyable" - Jonathan H. 

- "Well run course, very interesting, confidence building and great fun" - James T.

- "Very comprehensive - I learnt lot and cannot think of anything which could be improved" - Amanda S.

- "Excellent and very practical course". - Jenny P. 

- "All the attendees said it was one of the better, if not the best first aid course they had ever done." - East Dorset Sailing Club

Contact us:


Tel: +44 (0) 1202 406066

Our Location:

Powerboat & Jetski Courses: Port of Poole Marina

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