Land and sea are different

Having some land based first aid knowledge is always better than none. However, with the compact nature of some boats, certain things like resuscitation or the recovery position will need to be slightly modified.

The RYA First Aid course is specifically designed for a boating environment. This one-day course offers working knowledge of first aid for those taking to inland waters or up to 60 miles from the coast. 

Topics covered include CPR, drowning, bleeding, head injuries, cold water shock and hypothermia, choosing a first aid kit for the boat and getting medical assistance. All RYA first aid instructors have a wealth of practical boating experience, helping to equip you with all the knowledge you need.

It shouldn’t just be skippers who take the course, as it’s difficult for one person to navigate, use the radio and resuscitate at the same time. The more people with basic first aid onboard, the better an emergency response could be.

Further information on content can be obtained from the RYA website using the attached link.

If you are looking to book a First Aid course, then please contact us directly.