First Aid at Sea & What To Do When Things Do Go Wrong?

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You never want things to go wrong, and in reality it is unlikely they will. But with a lot of skills when it comes to sailing, for your own personal safety and that of your crew, it is better to have them and not have to use them. This blog will be looking at First Aid at Sea & What To Do When Things Do Go Wrong? The course that First Class Sailing offers, and how it can help. 

First Aid at Sea & What To Do When Things Do Go Wrong? First Class Sailing Can Help.

At First Class Sailing we understand the importance of how even a little bit of first aid knowledge could save lives. In a medical emergency at sea prompt action could make all the difference. Especially in man over board or drowning scenarios, where unpredictable factors such as secondary drowning pose a serious risk. This is why we offer the RYA First Aid at Sea course which aims to teach you the fundamental skills you’d need in a medical emergency out on the water. It’s aimed at sailors using a small craft, and support to skippers of yachts working within 60 nautical miles of a safe haven.

The rule of thumb for a lot of medical emergency’s on land or at sea is a swift response is vital, the sooner help is sought the better chance for the patient. But you also have to consider the person giving aid needs to know the fundamental skills and be confident in using them. That is the purpose of this course. To ensure in the event of an emergency you can act swiftly, competently and safely. However in a calm and controlled manner.      

First Aid at Sea & What To Do When Things Do Go Wrong?

How is RYA First Aid at Sea taught?

The course is shore based in a classroom but still has practical elements to it. It will cover all the usual first aid topics but look at it through the lens of sailing. It is perfect for anyone who intends to do any amount of sailing. Be that inland waters, rivers, or on a channel crossing passage. The RYA First Aid at Sea Course is approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Health and Safety Executive. The certificate is valid for three years after the issuing.

What kinds of things will you learn?

This course covers similar content to a normal first aid course. However, we look at it from a sailing point of view. Therefore you will be taught things relevant to sailing. Recovery position in a confined space, CPR, drowning protocol, cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure, seasickness and dehydration, medical assistance or advice by VHF, helicopter rescue, and lots more. So there really is a large focus on teaching scenarios that could happen out at sea.

First Aid at Sea & What To Do When Things Do Go Wrong?

Ability after the course

After completion, you should now have a basic understanding of first aid in a marine environment. You will be issued your RYA First Aid at Sea Certificate by the RYA. This certificate can be used for the following:

  • Accepted for Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Practical exam candidates
  • Accepted for RYA practical instructors
  • Needed for skippers of small commercial vessels up to category 2.

London and Southampton

If your looking at taking RYA First Aid at Sea First Class Sailing offers the course in London at the cursing association as well as in our dedicated classrooms in our office at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. We can even arrange to come into your office. For dates and further details please see the course page below.


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