RYA First Aid Course


This course will provide you with a basic knowledge of First Aid and is aimed at people who will be using small craft on inland waters or the sea. The course is equally suitable for dinghy sailors, windsurfers, motor boaters and ocean sailors. 

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The RYA First Aid Course offers a comprehensive one-day training course aimed at providing participants with essential first-aid knowledge.

This course is particularly tailored for individuals who operate small watercraft, whether on inland waters or at sea. It is equally suitable for dinghy sailors, windsurfers, motor boaters, and ocean sailors. The course would also suit other sports such as Triathlon Coaches, Kayak or Canoe Coaches operating in a Sheltered Water Environment.

This course aligns with the requirements for professional skippers of small commercial vessels, allowing them to operate within a 60-mile radius of a safe haven, which is classified as Category 2 according to both MGN280 and the Workboat Code edition 2. The course also covers the syllabus of the Health & Safety (First-aid) Regulations 1981 for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work.

Notably, the MCA, the HSE and World Sailing all officially recognise and endorse this course. Moreover, it fulfils the prerequisites for RYA Instructors and individuals holding RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence.

What will be covered?

  • Applying the recovery position within confined spaces.
  •  Performing CPR, including the drowning protocol.
  •  Handling bleeding incidents.
  • Dealing with cold shock, hypothermia as a result of immersion, and exposure-related issues.
  • Managing seasickness and dehydration
  • Seeking medical assistance and advice through VHF radio communication.
  • Understanding helicopter rescue procedures.
  • Proper use of Category C First Aid Kits

Included with the Course:

  • Access to our well-equipped classroom facilities.
  • RYA First Aid Course Pack.
  • Utilisation of our training mannequins, training defibrillators, and related equipment.
  • RYA Certification

What to Bring:

  • Notebook and pen/pencil.

As part of the course, participants will have the opportunity to practice CPR on our training mannequins. Therefore, we kindly request that you dress appropriately for this activity. Should you have any queries or require additional information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

The RYA First Aid course is conducted at Carrickfergus Marina in Northern Ireland. Certification is provided by the RYA Registered Training Centre, “Wavelength Training.”

Additional information


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