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RYA First Aid at Sea – Chew Valley Sailing Club

Compass sea School First Aid Instructors have been busy last weekend conducting an RYA First Aid at Sea 1 day course for 12 students from Chew Valley Sailing Club. Students were a mix of dinghy sailors and club volunteers learning the basics of administering First Aid through a variety of highly practical scenarios. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers. 

The comprehensive course covered the following topics with the emphasis placed on the marine environment providing students with marine based scenarios on which to test:

  • Priorities of First Aid including the Primary and Secondary casualty assessments;
  • Practical CPR training using our range of Ressucie Annies including the drowning protocol;
  • Placing casualty’s into the recovery position and maintaining as safe airway in a confined space,
  • How to control bleeding and recognise and treat a casualty for shock
  • Cold Shock and Hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • Sea sickness and Dehydration
  • Medical assistance or advice by VHF and Helicopter Rescue.

Our Instructors are extremely experienced coming from a variety of backgrounds including the Armed Forces and the RNLI, giving them an extensive and impressive knowledge of the application of First Aid in real-life scenarios. We also cover the Medevac and Transportation of patients, what to expect from a MedEvac at Sea by lifeboat or helicopter and using our Training AED we show students just how effective and simple a Defibrillator can be. We also run Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work course at our training centre in Portishead.

You can book an RYA First Aid at Sea course with us click here for available dates and prices. Or you can see our range of ITC First Aid at Work Courses here. If you need any advice on which is the right course for you then feel contact us either by email or by phone.

The 1 day RYA First Aid at Sea Course fulfills the requirements for:

  • professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters;
  • the Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4);
  • RYA Instructional Qualifications.

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.

Chew Valley First Aid

Students get hands on practice for essential CPR Techniques


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