Sea School - First Aid

This course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective.

We run the course either over a whole day, or split into two evening sessions.

It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.

It fulfils the requirements 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)

RYA First Aid

Course Joining Instructions

If held as one day:



If held over two evenings:




 Thank you for booking a course at the ROYAL BURNHAM YACHT CLUB.

Please read the notes below in preparation for your course.

The Royal Burnham Yacht Club is based on The Quay, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, CM0 8AU

However the entrance to the car park can be found on the High St, Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex, CM0 8AH just past the golden dragon restaurant.

Previous Knowledge/Experience

Not essential, but some prior reading recommended if you have time.


There is no minimum or maximum age limit.

What’s included

The latest version of the ‘First Aid Manual’, authorised by St. John Ambulance and the British Red Cross and published by Dorling Kindersley (worth £13.99) is included with this course, as is the RYA First Aid certificate (upon successful completion of the syllabus). This certificate is valid for 3 years. You will also be provided with tea coffee and water. Lunch is not included but a varied menu is available at a reasonable price, please ask at time of booking.

What will I need to bring?

  1. A notebook and pens to make notes
  2. Packed lunch if you wish to bring your own food

Course content

The course is intensive and will run from 0900-1730 with a 45 minute lunch break and 2 short breaks during the day.

This course requires no previous experience and, uses an enjoyable mixture of audio-visual presentations, discussions and practical exercises (including the use of resuscitation manikins)

The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for all those who go afloat on inland waters or up to 60 miles offshore. The certificate fulfils the requirements of the MCA Code of Practice for the skippers of small commercial vessels up to Category 2 and for all RYA practical instructors. By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • 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 a small space
  • Apply direct pressure to a wound to control bleeding
  • Understand the term shock, recognise and treat it, with particular reference to internal and external bleeding
  • Understand the treatment for cold shock and hypothermia following immersion and/or exposure
  • Recognise the signs of a reduced level of response, with particular reference to serious head injuries

You will also be made aware of the general treatment for: breathing difficulties, anaphylaxis, hyperthermia, chest pain, seasickness, diabetic emergency, fractures, seizures, burns; be able to choose suitable first aid equipment for a boat, understand how to get medical advice or assistance by radio and understand how to prepare for the evacuation of a casualty by helicopter.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to the RBYC, and we hope that you have an enjoyable course.

Yours sincerely,


Dawn Wood

Course Administrator