RYA First Aid
This 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:
- Professional skippers working under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Codes of Practice for Small Vessels Operated Commercially;
- The Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to World Sailing’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4);
- 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
Safe & Fun Safeguarding Course
This course is suitable for anyone working with children and vulnerable adults in an RYA environment. This includes those volunteering or working at recognised training centres and affiliated clubs.
It provides a basic level of knowledge and awareness, put in the context of realistic scenarios that anyone could encounter at their club or centre.
It is a requirement for all newly qualifying Level 2 Racing Coaches, Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors and Senior Instructors to complete prior to their instructor/coach training course. They must also complete a pre-course worksheet which is accessed within the Safe & Fun course, and take that with them to the instructor course.
Frequently asked questions
How do I sign up for the course?
Follow the link and book your course
Who is required to take this course?
Newly qualifying Level 2 Racing Coaches, Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors and Senior Instructors must take this course if their instructor course takes place after 1 April 2015.
Can anyone who isn’t an instructor take this course?
Yes, anyone can take this course. It is useful for anyone involved in teaching or volunteering with children or vulnerable adults in an RYA environment such as a club or training centre.
Is it possible to take this course in a classroom instead of online?
No, this course is only available online. If you take it as part of your instructor training you will also complete a classroom workshop during the instructor course, but the course itself must be completed online.
If you are qualifying as a Level 2 Racing Coach, course information and login details will be issued when you sign up for your Racing Coach course.
What devices are compatible with the course?
You can take the course on a PC, Mac or iPad, so long as you are connected to the internet.
How long is the course?
This course is equivalent to classroom training of approximately three hours. However, the benefit of learning online is that you can work through it at your own speed. It may take you more or less time than that.
How long is the certificate valid for?
The certificate doesn’t have a specific expiry date. However, your training centre, club or organisation should have a policy for ongoing staff training and ensuring that everyone is up to date. That may involve you taking the course again at regular intervals, or completing other relevant safeguarding training. Please check your own organisation’s policy for details.