RYA First Aid at Sea Course

Course Details

Our one-day 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.

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. 

It fulfils the requirements for:

  • 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.

    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

The First Aid at Sea course is ideal for:

  • Anyone setting to see on small craft
  • It is essential for those looking to seek a commercial endorsement

No prior experience is necessary

9am-5pm with approximately 45 mins for lunch

There is no minimum age for this course however all students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult


Prices, Booking and Special Offers


£95 per person;

Book for 2 people at £85 p/p or book for 3 or more at £80p/p

There are no course bundles for this course


What you need to bring, What’s Included and What’s Not!

  • Pen and Notebook
  • RYA First Aid at Sea Manual
  • Free parking at our Training Centre
  • Free hot drinks/biscuits at our Training Centre
  • Lunch/Meals are not provided but we do have a small tuckshop with snacks/cold drinks for purchase, we have a cafe onsite (open 0900-1600 daily) and there are several local shops/cafes within a short walk to purchase food.

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