First aid and medical
Approved first aid certificates
The following qualifications require the holder to complete an acceptable first aid course:
- RYA instructors, trainers and coaches
- Candidates for Certficate of Competence exams
- Anyone applying for a commercial endorsement to a
Powerboat Level 2 Powerboat Handling or Day Skipper course completion
- Anyone applying for a commercial endorsement to an Advanced Powerboat course completion certificate (dated
before 1 Jan 2005)
Acceptable first aid certificates from 1 April 2013
Unacceptable first aid certificates from 1 April 2013
For any courses not currently accepted, submissions for approval must come direct from the certifying authority and sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the certificate, full detailed syllabus of the course in English,
confirmation of the course duration,
detail of first aid instructor training and how their instructors are qualified,
how quality of instruction is assured.
First Aid Instructor training
First Aid Instructor Application
RYA First Aid course syllabus
First Aid Instructor resources
Cold Water Shock
With effect from 1 January 2013, Man Overboard training on all
practical courses should include discussion of the dangers of cold water
shock for the casualty immediately upon entering the water.
The general teaching points are:
- You will likely gasp for air, then breath rapidly.
- Can only hold breath for seconds so protect your airway from waves and spray.
- Your heart will be working harder, so don’t try to swim, just relax!
- The effects will be at its worst in the first 30 seconds but will have gone within 3 minutes.
RNLI video on Cold Water Shock for sail cruising:
RNLI video on Cold Water Shock for motor cruising:
Article Published: November 27, 2012 14:37
Article Updated: January 30, 2017 13:39