RYA First Aid course


When experiencing a medical emergency on board while being on a passage and out of reach of shorebased rescue services, a little First Aid knowledge and being able to take immediate action can save lives.

This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of First Aid for skippers and crew of yachts and power boats.

Next to this being a ‘life-saving’ course, which is highly recommended to any crew member, it also fulfils the requirements for anyone aiming at obtaining the RYA Yachtmaster certificate.

This course is available at our RYA Training Centre locations in the Netherlands and in Belgium.






Course content

The RYA First Aid course is a one-day course covering the most essential First Aid subjects from a yachting perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on offshore passages.

The course contains amongst other the following topics:

  • Assessment, immediate actions and the priorities within first aid
  • Unconsciousness and the recovery position
  • CPR
  • Treatment for drowning
  • Causes of shock and its treatment
  • Blood loss and the control of (catastrophic) bleeding
  • Angina and heart attack
  • Head injury: concussion and compression
  • Immersion hypothermia and cold shock
  • Burns, including sunburn.
  • Exposure hypothermia/hyperthermia
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Diabetic emergency
  • Seizures
  • Fractures, including spinal injuries
  • Medical advice or assistance by radio
  • Medivac; the evacuation of a casualty by helicopter
  • First Aid kits
  • The contents and use of the Category C First Aid kit, including the pocket mask


Ability after the course

At successful completion of the course, you will receive the RYA First Aid Certificate. The certificate is valid for 3 years, after which you can revalidate it by simply completing this one-day course again.


What's included

  • One full day of training by our RYA First Aid instructor at our training centre
  • Use of all necessary First Aid materials
  • RYA First Aid handbook
  • Sandwich lunch, coffee, thee
  • Free parking at our centre
  • RYA First Aid certificate


Supporting books

We recommend the RYA Sea Survival handbook for additional learning


Details of this course

Duration :  One full day



  • Kortgene, the Netherlands
  • Brussels region, Belgium


Previous experience : None


Assumed knowledge : None


Minimum age: 13 years


Cost:  215 Euro




Register for joining this course


Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:  



Course dates at our training centre in Belgium:  

  • 27 April (reserved for CNCE members) - ONE LAST PLACE AVAILABLE


Please enquire for alternative dates.


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