RYA First Aid Course

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The one-day RYA first aid course covers 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 up to 60-miles offshore.

Who is the Course For?

Water based RYA instructors, anyone looking for a water based first aid course and those needing 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


The RYA First Aid Course Syllabus is set by the Royal Yachting Association.

  • 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


  • The RYA First Aid Course is aimed at those over 16’s
  • This course includes providing CPR to a casualty who is on the floor, therefore learners must be physically capable of doing this.

Course Duration

8 contact hours
Good Skills Training normally deliver this course over 1-day, 09:00 – 17:00

Awarding Body

Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

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Maximum Learners Per Tutor


Assessment Method

Practical demonstration


RYA First Aid Certificates are valid for 3-years. First Aiders must undergo the RYA First Aid Course again before the expiry of their certificates to remain first aiders.

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