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This one day course covers all of the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. Aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether it’s at sea or on inland waters, this course is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of first aid for people using small crafts.

In an emergency situation, applying a little first aid knowledge immediately can save lives, especially in remote locations.

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

This course fulfils the requirements for:

  • First aid training for RYA instructors
  • First aid training for vessels working up to area Category 2 under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Codes of Practice for Small Vessels Operated Commercially
  • First aid training needed by offshore racers subject to World Sailing’s Offshore Special Regulation OSR 6.05.2
  • The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981, for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work

Assumed knowledge



1 day




9:30 - 16:30