RYA practical instructors (excluding Advanced Powerboat, Cruising and Yachtmaster Instructors):
For the purposes of RYA practical instructor qualifications other than Advanced Powerboat, Cruising and Yachtmaster Instructor endorsements, 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. On RYA Instructor courses the Coach / Trainer will verify that an in date first aid certificate is held.
RYA Cruising Instructors, Yachtmaster Instructors, Powerboat Advanced Instructors:
Cruising and Yachtmaster Instructors and Advanced Powerboat instructors teaching the Advanced Powerboat course should hold a valid commercial endorsement and therefore comply with the requirements detailed in the commercial endorsement section above. Advanced Powerboat Instructors who don’t hold acommercial endorsement may only teach up to the Intermediate course.
RTC Principals and Chief Instructors must ensure all instructors teaching Cruising and Advanced Powerboat courses hold an appropropriate first aid certificate.
Minimum RYA first aid requirements:
Course duration: 1 day with at least 6 hours instructional time.
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
i. breathing difficulties ii. choking
iii. chest pain iv. seasickness
v. diabetic emergency vi. anaphylaxis
vii. hyperthermia viii. fractures
x. burns, including scalds, chemical and electrical
xi. minor injuries including small cuts, grazes, bruises and small splinters
First aid certificates should be refreshed or renewed every three years, other than STCW First Aid certificates which may be refreshed up to every 5 years.