RYA First Aid

DATE: Multiple

DAYS: 1 day classroom course


LEVEL: Intermediate

SETTING: Classroom

LOCATION: Netherlands

COST * € 250,-


  • All course materials included
  • Lunch, tea and coffee
  • Professional Expert Instructor
  • Expert Instruction
  • Practical Training
  • Scenario-Based Learning
  • Access to First Aid Equipment
  • Additional Resources


Dates available upon request. We maintain a list and start a course when enough students enroll. Sign up using the ‘reserve’ button.

What you will learn

  • Basic First Aid Principles
  • Handling Minor Injuries
  • Hypothermia
  • Life-Threatening Emergencies
  • Cold Water Shock
  • First Aider’s Responsibility
  • Medical Assistance by VHF
  • Seasickness
  • Dehydration
  • Helicopter Rescue Procedures
  • Practical Skills
  • Drowning & Resuscitation
  • Recognition of Medical Conditions


RYA First Aid Certificate

Next Step ——–

RYA SRC GMDSS Certificate
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The RYA First Aid course is an essential training for anyone who spends time on the water, particularly useful for sailors, skippers, and crew members. It’s a one-day course focused on equipping participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle medical emergencies at sea. Here’s a structured itinerary for the course:

08:30 – 09:00: Registration and Introduction
Welcome and course objectives overview.

09:00 – 09:45: Basic First Aid Principles
Understanding the fundamentals of first aid, immediate actions, and prioritizing treatments.

09:45 – 10:30: Life-Threatening Emergencies
Handling major medical emergencies, including resuscitation techniques, CPR, and the use of an AED.

10:30 – 10:45: Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:30: Medical Assistance by VHF
Procedures for obtaining medical assistance, including use of the VHF radio.

11:30 – 12:15: Hypothermia and Cold Water Shock
Recognizing and treating hypothermia and cold water shock.

12:15 – 13:00: Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:45: Handling Minor Injuries
Treating minor injuries such as burns, scalds, and small wounds.

13:45 – 14:30: Seasickness and Dehydration
Prevention and treatment of seasickness and dehydration.

14:30 – 14:45: Tea Break

14:45 – 15:30: Helicopter Rescue Procedures
Understanding the procedures for evacuation by helicopter in emergencies.

15:30 – 16:15: Practical Session
Hands-on practice of first aid techniques in a confined space, such as recovery positions and CPR.

16:15 – 17:00: Final Review and Examination
Summarizing the key points of the course and conducting a final assessment.

17:00 – 17:30: Course Wrap-Up and Certification
Debriefing, feedback session, and distribution of RYA Small Craft First Aid Certificates.

Please note, this is a general schedule and actual timings may vary slightly depending on the specific course and training center. It’s always a good idea to check with the specific course provider for the exact schedule.

The road to RYA Yachtmaster

Ahoy there! So, you’ve dipped your toes into the boundless seas with your Competent Crew certificate snug in your pocket, and now you’re eyeing the horizon, where the proud title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits. Well, my friend, you’re in for an exhilarating voyage, one that’s as rewarding as it is challenging.

First off, remember this: becoming a Yachtmaster isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s a journey of transformation. You’re not just learning skills; you’re becoming a mariner. And what a journey it is!

Step 1: Building Experience After your Competent Crew adventure, it’s time to rack up those nautical miles. Get yourself aboard as many different boats as you can. Each vessel has its own quirks and charms, much like people. You’ll learn how to handle a sprightly 30-footer and a grand 50-foot yacht, each teaching you lessons in humility and confidence.

Step 2: Day Skipper – Taking the Helm Next, you’ll want to earn your Day Skipper qualification. Here’s where you move from crew to commander, learning the art of navigation, pilotage, boat handling, and the fine craft of leading a crew. It’s not just about charts and compasses; it’s about growing a leader’s spine. You’ll start making decisions, and remember, a decision, right or wrong, is often better than no decision at all.

Step 3: Advanced Skills and Coastal Skipper Now, onto the Coastal Skipper. This is where the game gets upped. You’ll be dealing with complex passages, night sailing, and refining those sailing skills till they shine like a polished bell. Coastal Skipper isn’t just a title; it’s a statement. It says you can take a boat and crew safely through challenging waters and bring them home with tales to tell.

Step 4: Mastering Theory Don’t forget the books! Yachtmaster theory is no walk in the park. You’ll delve into advanced navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, and safety. It’s like learning to play chess; every piece moves differently, and you need to think several moves ahead.

Step 5: Gaining More Sea Miles Before you can stand for the Yachtmaster exam, you need a bag full of sea miles and some solid skippering experience. These aren’t just numbers; they’re your stories, your trials, and your triumphs.

Step 6: The Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Finally, you’re ready for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It’s a practical test of your sailing ability, your leadership, and your wits. You’ll be tested on everything from man-overboard recovery to handling the yacht in rough weather. It’s intense, but remember, the sea doesn’t compromise, and neither does the Yachtmaster standard.

Becoming a Yachtmaster Offshore isn’t just about mastering the seas; it’s about mastering yourself. It’s a title that speaks of salt in your hair, wind in your face, and a depth of experience that only the sea can teach. So, set your sights, brave mariner, for the journey is grand, and the title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits you with open arms!