First aid RYA policy
The RYA has opted to match the UK's HSE's practice in allowing RTCs and instructors to use alternative first aid qualifications, providing the course meets the minimum requirements given at the end of this guidance.
Minimum RYA first aid requirements:
Course duration: 1 day with at least 6 hours instructional time.
- Understand the role of a first aider in regards to the following:
- The importance of preventing cross infection
- The need for recording and/or reporting incidents and accidents
- Assessing a scenario and circumstances to ensure they act safely, promptly and
Effectively in an emergency
- Can perform CPR to current protocols and understand the differential for drowning.
- Understand the importance of the recovery position and the need to modify it for small spaces.
- Can administer first aid to those who are unconscious
- Can identify types of external bleeding and control bleeding
- Can use appropriate dressings, bandages and other first aid equipment available, including
- improvised dressings and bandages.
- Understand the term shock, recognise and treat it
- Can recognise and understands the treatment for hypothermia following immersion and/or
- Recognise the signs of a reduced level of response, with particular reference to serious head injuries.
- Can administer suitable first aid for:
- breathing difficulties
- chest pain
- diabetic emergency
- burns, including scalds, chemical and electrical
- minor injuries including small cuts, grazes, bruises and small splinters
- Can choose suitable first aid equipment
First aid certificates should be refreshed or renewed every three years, other than STCW First aid
Please Note; RYA Instructor courses the Coach / Trainer will verify that an in date first aid certificate is held.