First Aid

This course requires no previous experience and, uses an enjoyable mixture of audio-visual presentations, discussions and practical exercises (including the use of resuscitation manikins)

The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for all those who go afloat on inland waters or up to 60 miles offshore. The certificate fulfils the requirements of the MCA Code of Practice for the skippers of small commercial vessels up to Category 2 and for all RYA practical instructors. By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Perform CPR to current protocols, and understand the differential for drowning
  • Understand the importance of the recovery position and the need to modify it for a small space
  • Apply direct pressure to a wound to control bleeding
  • Understand the term shock, recognise and treat it, with particular reference to internal and external bleeding
  • Understand the treatment for cold shock and hypothermia following immersion and/or exposure
  • Recognise the signs of a reduced level of response, with particular reference to serious head injuries

You will also be made aware of the general treatment for: breathing difficulties, anaphylaxis, hyperthermia, chest pain, seasickness, diabetic emergency, fractures, seizures, burns; be able to choose suitable first aid equipment for a boat, understand how to get medical advice or assistance by radio and understand how to prepare for the evacuation of a casualty by helicopter.