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Selcraig Marine - RYA First Aid Course
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This one-day Royal Yachting Association course covers all the usual first aid subjects, including Basic Life Support (BLS) and treatment minor injuries and clinical shock, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat for work or pleasure, on inland waters, rivers and estuaries or at sea in categorised waters up to 60 nautical miles from safe haven.

First Aid - Basic Life Support

In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations where access to regular emergency services is limited or unavailable. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using yachts, workboats, fishing vessels and small commercial craft.



There is no minimum pre-course experience or assumed knowledge, but please note students must be physically able to kneel on the floor and carry out Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Course Content

The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and fulfils the requirements for:

  • professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters and those wishing to have their RYA Certificates of Competence commercially endorsed
  • the Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF's regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4)
  • Training and Certification Requirements for the Crew of Fishing Vessels (MGN 411) and may be used when applying to the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) for a fishermen's photo identification card to verify compliance.

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 marine VHF radio
  • helicopter rescue

The course is taught using resuscitation manikins and a variety of other materials usually found in a typical  first aid kit.

The First Aid Manual

Included in the course fee is the latest edition of the official First Aid Manual published in association with the UK's three leading First Aid providers, St John's Ambulance, St Andrew's Ambulance Association and the British Red Cross.

First Aid Manual



Edition: 10th

RRP: £13.99

ISBN: 978-1-4093-4200-7

RYA Product Code: ZF03 (Visit RYA Online Shop)




You may also be interested in...Buy First Aid at Sea at the RYA Shop

First Aid at Sea

First Aid at Sea looks at how to deal with medical emergencies at sea. This new edition includes an update of the initial response to emergency situations including the recent changes in resuscitation techniques. Written by experienced ‘yachtie’ doctors with a profound knowledge of the most likely medical problems encountered at sea and how to deal with them. Illustrated in full colour.

 RYA Product Code: ZF02 (Buy now at the RYA Online Shop)




Students are informally assessed during the course by a mixture of questioning and practical demonstration of the techniques taught to ensure understanding

On successful completion of the course, candidates will be issued with an RYA First Aid Certificate which is valid for 3 years, however we recommend refreshing your skills every 12 months.



The trainer for this course is Simon Ward who is an RYA Yachtmaster (Offshore) and approved shore-based instructor. Simon served in the Royal Navy and latterly worked as a Watch Officer with HM Coastguard. He brings plenty of operational and Search and Rescue (SAR) experience to the course.

Simon has been teaching First Aid for over 10 years and currently volunteers with the Scottish Ambulance Service as a First Responder.


Clubs and Associations

Group training, including shore-based navigation courses up to RYA Yachtmaster, can also be arranged on behalf of your club or association at a venue of your choice and potentially to the benefit of your club’s funds. Please get in touch for details


Further Information and FAQs

This is an adult (over 16) shore-based (classroom) course with a maximum of 8 students per session to allow adequate time for the practical aspects of the training.

For full Terms and Conditions, including refund and cancellation policy or to read our Frequently Asked Questions please visit the training pages on the Selcraig Marine website.

Do you have questions about RYA First Aid Afloat? Contact Selcraig Marine

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Selcraig Marine

British MarineSelcraig Marine specialise in the design, installation, maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic systems on board yachts, workboats, small commercial craft and fishing vessels.


RYA Recognised Training CentreWe also offer a number of short specialist courses in support of our products and services and the broader maritime community as a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Training Centre.

+44 (0) 1333 670 250


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