First Aid Courses

First Aid is an all important skill that can and does save lives. We run a wide range of First Aid courses to meet the requirements of your workplace, activity, NGB or regulatory Authority. We are often asked which First Aid course someone should take. Here is a summary below;

Which First Aid Course Do I Need?

Activity

1-day First Aid Course

Full First Aid Course

Working with Children & Infants

The Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA) 1 day course is aimed at parents and those carers not requiring the full PFA course. All newly qualified nannies, au pairs and child minders now require this course as a minimum, although some will require the full course. Oftsed require child care providers (school, nurseries etc.) to ensure that there is always at least one person on site who is trained to the Full 12 hour Paediatric First Aid (PFA) level (within the last three years). Providers (schools/nurseries) must allow for staff absence and staff leave. There  also needs to be a PFA holder present on all outings. Requirements are set by the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stages) guidance/regs.

Workplace First Aider

HSE Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day) course is the minimum requirement for a First Aider in a low risk workplaces such as an office. The certificate must be updated every 3 years. The HSE First Aid at Work (3 day) course is appropriate for workplaces with higher risks (such as food processing, warehousing, construction, light engineering or working in proximity to hazards such as a river). The qualification is also appropriate for lower risk workplace with 50 or more staff). The certificate must be updated every 3 years. by attending a 2-day HSE First Aid at Work Re-qualification Course.

Outdoor Pursuits

RYA First Aid (1 day) is suitable for;

  • Climbing Wall Instructor
  • British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader, Instructor & coach operating in sheltered waters
  • BC Bellboat Helm
  • British Cycling Ride Leader or Cycle Training Instructor
  • British Orienteering Coach (A, B & C areas)

 

16 Hour Outdoor Remote Emergency First Aid is required by;

  • Hill & Moorland Leader
  • Mountain Leader
  • Rock Climbing Instructor
  • Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor
  • BASI Ski Instructor
  • BASI Snowboard Instructor
  • Paddlesports Coache operating in moderate or advanced waters
  • BC Mountain Bike leader
  • British Orienteering Coach (D areas)
  • British Caving Association Trainer Assessor

Watersports

RYA First Aid (within the last three years) is the preferred choice of First Aid for

  • Windsurfing Instructor
  • Dinghy/ keelboat/ multihull/foiling Instructor
  • Powerboat & Advaned Powerboat Instructor
  • Safetyboat Driver & crew
  • Race official
  • RYA Senior Instructor, Trainer or Coach

RYA First Aid is also recognised for Instructors in

  • BC Canoeing & Kayaking (sheltered waters)
  • ASI Surfing Instructor
  • ASI Body boarding Instructor
  • ASI SUPing Instructor

Yachting & Powerboating

RYA First Aid (taken within the last three years) is suitable for leisure boaters, it also meets the requirements for RYA Advanced Powerboat, Yachtmaster Coastal, Yachtmaster Offshore COC  holders and for Cruising and Yachtmaster Instructors (power and sail).

Skippers operating commercially up to 60 miles from a safe haven can use RYA First Aid to meet code of practice requirements.

We recommend blue water sailors also consider the STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid aboard Ship as they may be sailing in remote regions.

Skippers operating commercially more than 60 miles from a safe haven are required by the code of practice to hold STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid aboard Ship and STCW Proficiency in Medical Care Aboard Ship.

Super Yachts (yachts over 24m)

IMO, STCW and MCA requirements state that all crew on board (deck, engineering, interior and galley) are required to hold the STCW Elementary First Aid. Chief Mate (yacht), requires STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid aboard Ship. Master 500 or 3000, require a STCW Proficiency in Medical Care Aboard Ship (taken in last 5 years)

Yacht Racing

World Sailing (formerly know as ISAF) Offshore Special Regulations  (OSR) require at least one person on a Category 2, 1 and 0 race to hold at least an RYA First Aid. For a Cat 1 race OSR requires a second person to hold the same (taken in the last 5 years) World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) require at least one person on a Category 0 Race  to hold STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid aboard Ship and STCW Proficiency in Medical Care Aboard Ship. This is in addition to a second crew member who already holds at least RYA First Aid.

Seafarers / Merchant Navy

All crew on board (deck, engineering, interior and galley) are required to hold the STCW Elementary First Aid. Officer of the Watch (OOW) requires STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid aboard Ship. Chief Mate (unlimited), Master 3000, and Master Unlimted additionally require a STCW Proficiency in Medical Care Aboard Ship (taken in last 5 years)

FIRST AID FOR WATER-SPORTS & YACHTING

RYA First Aid (1 day) suitable for dinghy, windsurf, powerboat, PWC and yachting Instructors. Also suitable for Yacht skippers operating up-to 60 miles from a safe haven.

FIRST AID FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES (Climbing, caving, hill walking and water-sports)

Outdoor Remote Emergency First Aid (2 day) The 16-hour course aimed at those working in the wilderness, on the hills or on the water.

WORKPLACE FIRST AID

HSE Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day), the minimum standard across the UK for low risk workplaces. Certificate lasts 3 years.

HSE First Aid at Work (3 day). HSE FAW is the accepted standard across the UK for all medium and high risk workplaces and  those with a large number of employees. Certificate lasts 3 years.

HSE First Aid at Work Re-qualifier (2 day) If your FAW (3 year) certificate is expired/expiring this shorter update will re-qualify you for another 3 years

FIRST AID FOR COMMERCIAL VESSELS

RYA First Aid (1 day), suitable for yachts and other commercail vessel up to 200 tonnes.

STCW Elementary First Aid (1 day), suitable for all sizes of commercial vessel.

STCW Medical First Aid (4 day),required by skippers and mates onboard super-yachts (yachts over 200 tonnes) and other commercial vessels. Also required by skippers on small craft (below 200 tonnes) operating more than 60 miles from a safe haven.

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