It can be quite tricky to tie in a Governing body’s requirements with First Aid courses available. This page attempts to match the two up.

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RYA – Royal Yachting Association

From their website:


Instructors’ course guidelines

The default first aid training required for those holding any RYA instructor qualifications or commercial endorsements is the RYA First Aid course.

It is recognised that it is not always possible to access an RYA training centre which delivers the RYA First Aid course, and there are also many situations where an individual is required to hold a different First Aid qualification by their employer due to the nature of their work or due to other legal requirements.

It should be noted that neither the HSE nor the MCA recognise online first aid training courses, so training must therefore be carried out face-to-face.

Compatibility matrix. Learning outcomes that need to be added to comply with NGO syllabus

CourseFirst Aid at WorkPaediatric First AidOutdoor First AidForest School First Aid
Directly Compatible?NoNoNoNo
Missingchild/infant First Aid
Travel sickness
Adult First Aid
Travel Sickness
Infant First Aid *
Chemical & electrical burn
Infant First Aid *
Chemical & electrical burn
Graze / bruise / small cut
* optional items so may be included anyway depending on Client make-up


This is the recommended (by the RYA) syllabus when the RYA one is not available. It is not the full RYA approved syllabus.

Course duration: 1 day with at least 6 hours instructional time.
Course outcomes:

  1. Understand the role of a first aider in regard to:
    i. The importance of preventing cross infection
    ii. The need for recording and/or reporting incidents and accidents
    iii. Assessing a scenario and circumstances to ensure they act safely, promptly and
    effectively in an emergency
  2. Can perform CPR to current protocols, and understand the differential for drowning.
  3. Understand the importance of the recovery position and the need to modify it for small spaces.
  4. Can administer first aid to those who are unconscious
  5. Can identify types of external bleeding and control bleeding
  6. Can use appropriate dressings, bandages and other first aid equipment available, including
    improvised dressings and bandages.
  7. Understand the term shock, recognise and treat it
  8. Can recognise and understands the treatment for hypothermia following immersion and/or
  9. Recognise the signs of a reduced level of response, with particular reference to serious head
  10. Can administer suitable first aid for:
    i. breathing difficulties
    ii. choking
    iii. chest pain
    iv. seasickness
    v. diabetic emergency
    vi. anaphylaxis
    vii. hyperthermia
    viii. fractures
    ix. seizures
    x. burns, including scalds, chemical and electrical
    xi. minor injuries including small cuts, grazes, bruises and small splinters