The Aquatic First Aid course meets the requirements of national governing bodies such as the BCU and RYA for their coaching qualifications. It is an 8 hour course to meet NGB requirements, but on occasion if required ASAP it may be possible to attend a 6 hour workplace course and continue for another 2 hours at the end of the course to complete the additional content of the Aquatic Course outlined below. Please contact us for details.

Course outline:

  • Introduction and basic legislation
  • Principles of first aid
  • Vital signs
  • Incident procedure
  • Treatment of an unresponsive casualty
  • Insulation and shelter, evacuation issues
  • Bleeding and shock, including scenarios
  • Basic life support Heart attack
  • Chain of survival
  • Basic Life Support Non Heart Attack (child/drowning)
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Choking
  • Hypothermia/ Hyperthermia
  • First Aid water module – issues based
  • Common medical problems
  • Conscious casualty positioning
  • Manual handling considerations in first aid provision throughout


Candidates need to be fit enough to cope with the practical demands of the course i.e. to be able to kneel, roll over a casualty and perform simulated CPR on a manikin. A willingness to participate in all practical aspects of the course is essential, as although there is no formal examination, this course is continually assessed by the trainer.

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