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Our one-day RYA First Aid course covers all the usual first aid subjects but from a boating perspective. It’s aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries, or cross-channel passages.

The course is specifically designed with the marine environment in mind, teaching you what to do in situations where people have accidents. It covers resuscitation, CPR, drowning, cold shock, hypothermia, head injuries, bleeding, how to recognise and treat seasickness and dehydration through burns, cuts, and bruises. Additionally, the course covers calling for help and how to prepare for a helicopter evacuation. A little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives in a medical emergency, especially in remote locations.

The course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft, skippers and crew members.

The course is aimed at:

Anyone who spends time on the water would benefit from attending this course but it also fulfils specific requirements for:

  • Watersports instructors & Yacht Skippers;
  • Professional skippers (commercial endorsement) of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters;
  • The Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to World Sailing’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4), including CAT C Medial kit usage;
  • Covers use of Category C First Aid kit required for commercially endorsed skippers.

Furthermore, the course is highly recommended by the MCA and HSE. Even if you just sail for pleasure, this course would be hugely beneficial in the event of an incident at sea.

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

RYA First Aid Course Syllabus

  1. Demonstrate artificial ventilation & chest compression (CPR)
  2. Demonstrate how to turn a casualty into the recovery position
  3. Detail the treatment for shock
  4. Apply direct pressure to a wound and control bleeding
  5. Outline the treatment for asthma attacks, burns, diabetic emergencies, epilepsy and heart attacks
  6. List the precautions needed when handling a spinal injury
  7. Demonstrate how to immobilise a fracture
  8. List actions needed to prepare for helicopter evacuation

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  1. We come to you 1

    Hi Marcus,
    Just a couple of suggestions:

    1. On the 1st day you may want to ask “what do want to get out of the weekend?” I was very happy as the last two years I had been on the bow so I thoroughly enjoyed being on the main sheet.

    2. Lots of skippers have slightly different terms when going about and counting down to the maneuver. I thought it worked better when you started to count down 3,2,1 after saying going about.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. You were well organised and it made a great change to have a good skipper that knew how to race very well and knew his boat extremely well.

    It was also good to stay in Cowes for Saturday evening and have a leisurely sail back on the Sunday, instead of heading home on Saturday.

    I will definitely book again.

    Thanks for a great weekend.

    Clive

  2. We come to you 2

    Fantastic weekend on the water for the Isle of Wight Round the Island Race. Marcus is a highly experienced racing skipper; s/v Polka is superbly maintained & prepared, with high quality sails & equipment all in excellent condition. The Solent co-operated with 20-30kn of wind, all adding to a memorable weekend, with Marcus guiding the team safely across the finish line.

  3. We come to you 3

    Nicely run course, delivered in a relaxed and helpful way

  4. We come to you 4

    VHF online course was comprehensive and easy to follow. Marcus was extremely helpful in answering my queries before the exam. On the day of the exam I was accompanied by my daughter who i expected would wait outside whilst I completed the test. Instead Marcus involved her and allowed her to follow the script during the practical radio examples – she was delighted to be involved and to push the big red button! Thank you Marcus. I would highly recommend Polka Sailing for the VHF or day skipper theory course. Marcus is an engaging instructor who brings the syllabus to life with practical examples.

  5. We come to you 4

    Thank is my third course with Marcus. He always managed to strike the right balance of making it fun whilst we learn and understand the serious points. He was the same for the assessment so my nervous was dispelled and I really enjoyed it.