If you get into trouble at sea, the medical attention you administer while waiting for help can save lives. To assist with that, the RYA has supplemented its existing First Aid course with the launch of a new First Aid manual for mariners. Written and overseen by medical professionals, it contains all the information and advice you would expect of a First Aid manual, but with content now specifically tailored to the needs of boaters.

Areas covered include how to treat cold water shock and dehydration; how to get medical advice by marine VHF; and how to prepare the boat, crew and casualty in the event of someone having to be airlifted to hospital by helicopter. It also goes into the contamination risks of blue/green algae and covers the dangers of Weil’s disease, plus basic treatment. Like most practical reference books in the RYA portfolio, it can be easily stowed in a compact storage box as part of your medical kit on board – and if you opt for the eBook rather than the hard copy, it can also be accessed on up to three compatible electronic devices.

Philip Brown, First Aid Instructor and Chief Instructor of the Army Sailing Association’s Sailing Centre, said he was impressed that the RYA had taken the initiative and praised the value of the publication: “Boaters will now have a much more thorough knowledge of how to deal with the kind of situations you might meet at sea.”

The RYA has launched a First Aid book that specifically caters for the needs of boaters.

The RYA has launched a First Aid book that specifically caters for the needs of boaters.

The First Aid Manual for Mariners is available from the RYA shop as a hard copy, or as a handy eBook directly through the RYA Web Shop. If you opt for the electronic version, you can take advantage of the 15% RYA Members’ discount and sync notes and bookmarks across your various electronic platforms; and if you download the free RYA Books App, you can also get free tasters of RYA eBooks before you buy. See RYA for more.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.