RYA First Aid Course

RYA First Aid Course

Course Enquiry

RYA First Aid Course

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

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

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)

Delivery Type


Maximum Learners Per Tutor

The RYA First Aid Course has a maximum learner to tutor ratio of 12:1

Assessment Method

The RYA First Aid Course is assessed through tutor observation


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

Booking an onsite course

To enquire about an onsite course for your staff, please either call our head office, 01473 551911, or one of our local offices, or fill in the enquiry form by clicking here