This basic first aid course for small craft users with particular emphasis on CPR, drowning and hypothermia.

The RYA First Aid course is designed to teach you exactly what to do in an emergency medical situation. From the minor ailments such as headaches, sunburn and small lesions through to the immediate response to serious medical emergencies. 

This course covers the situations that a yachtsman is likely to encounter. There is particular emphasis on resuscitation techniques and the “first care” of a man overboard victim. We will explain the procedures for obtaining outside medical assistance such as “pan pan” and the helicopter rescue service and can advise you on the correct first aid stores for your own boat.

The guidance is particularly related to difficulties of administering first aid within the confines of a small boat away from land and you will have the chance to try actions such as CPR and the recovery position on a yacht. 

This course is a must for all who sail, and skippers should encourage their crews to attend. Remember it may be you who needs attention!

At the completion of the course, you will be issued with the RYA Small Craft First Aid Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 years from the time of issue and is a prerequisite for those taking the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Examinations.

Pre course experience
Assumed knowledge
Minimum duration
Minimum age
Course content
After course ability
One Day
None (but recommended 11 years)
The recovery position in a confined space, CPR, including the drowning protocol, AED, cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure, seasickness and dehydration, medical assistance or advice by VHF, helicopter rescue
RYA First Aid qualification endorsed for Emergency First Aid at Work qualification valid for 3 years