A one-day course covering CPR and all the usual first aid subjects from a boating perspective.

This course is a prerequisite for the Yachtmaster DoT exam.
Braye Sea School
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As well as being a hugely sensible course for any boaters, be they skippers or crew, the training is also a specific requirement for:

Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters;

The Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF's regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4).

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.
Our 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:

First aid training for vessels working up to area Category 2 under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Codes of Practice for Small Vessels Operated Commercially;

First aid training needed by offshore racers subject to World Sailing's Offshore Special Regulation OSR 6.05.2;

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
Course price £90

Includes RYA First Aid manual, materials, tea and coffee and certification fees
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Ocassionally we run a more intense version of this MCA/RYA course, specifically for professional boat skippers and crews. Group size is limited to 6 candidates.

While the core subject does not require previous knowledge this version expects that you are regularly the person in charge in an emergency, as such the course is more business-like and run at a pace not suited to people new to the subject matter.

In order to qualify for our professional First Aid at Sea course you should hold an exisiting first aid or pre-hospital qualification as we as a maritime intructor or masters certificate.

Cost is £110 per person and includea short working lunch. This in a one-day course. The RYA First Aid Manual is sent out prior to the course, together with a topic challenge for you to prepare and share with the group.

Not only a great qualification in its own right, run in a focussed learning environment, but also a good chance to network with others in the area.