DSC offers regular shore based First Aid training courses for members and general public throughout the year, covering the RYA First aid syllabus, and delivered by an RYA accredited trainer. This course is normally scheduled and offered either over 3 evenings or a weekend session depending on availability of resources, and participant requirements. 

The RYA First Aid certificate or recognised equivalent is a prerequisite for any DSC member wishing to helm any of the club powerboats. Check our Club Calendar for upcoming course dates or Contact Us to register your interest.

Course durationAt least 6 hours instructional time
Course outcomes1. Understand the role of a first aider in regard to:

– The importance of preventing cross infection
– The need for recording and/or reporting incidents and accident
– 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 exposure.

9. Recognise the signs of a reduced level of response, with particular reference to serious head injuries.

10. Can administer suitable first aid for:

– breathing difficulties
– choking
– chest pain
– seasickness
– diabetic emergency
– anaphylaxis
– hyperthermia
– fractures
– seizures
– burns, including scalds, chemical and electrical
– minor injuries including small cuts, grazes, bruises and small splinters

11. Can choose suitable first aid equipment

First aid certificates should be refreshed/renewed every 3 years.